+ Burns and Allen, an American comedy duo consisting of George Burns and his wife, Gracie Allen, worked together as a comedy team in vaudeville, films, radio and television and achieved great success over four decades. In 1929 they made their first radio appearance in London on the BBC. Back in America, they failed at a 1930 NBC audition. After a solo appearance by Gracie on Eddie Cantor's radio show, they were heard together on Rudy Vallee's The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour and on February 15, 1932 they became regulars on The Guy Lombardo Show on CBS. When Lombardo switched to NBC, Burns and Allen took over his CBS spot with The Adventures of Gracie beginning September 19, 1934. Along the way, the duo launched the temporary running gag that made them near-irrevocable radio stars: the famous hunt for Gracie's "lost brother," which began on January 4, 1933 and eventually became a cross-network phenomenon---Gracie was also liable to turn up on other shows (especially those produced by the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency, which produced the Burns & Allen series) looking for her brother. Bad publicity after a bid by NBC to squelch the stunt---and an accidental mention by Rudy Vallee on his Fleischmann's Hour---helped the stunt continue, according to radio historian John Dunning's On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, which also mentioned that Gracie's real brother, a "publicity-shy accountant" living in San Francisco, went into hiding until the gag ran its course. Burns and Allen followed this up with another stunt: "Gracie Allen for President." During the election year of 1940, Gracie represented the fictitious Surprise Party and advocated nonsense as part of her platform. The "campaign" was successful enough for Gracie to actually receive write-in votes on election day. The title of their top-rated show changed to The Burns and Allen Show on September 26, 1936. In 1941 they moved from comedy patter into a successful sitcom format, continuing with shows on NBC and CBS until May 17, 1950. As in the early days of radio, the sponsor's name became the show title, such as Maxwell House Coffee Time (1945–49). Recordings of 176 episodes of the radio shows circulate on the web, CDs and DVDs---including all installments of the "Gracie for President" routine and some of the "lost brother" episodes.-WikiPedia
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 273 old time radio episodes:
|09.26.1934||leaving for america||
+ The Adventures Of Gracie. September 26, 1934. WABC, New York aircheck. Sponsored by: White Owl Ci...
|01.15.1936||gracie plays sadie thompson||
+ The Burns and Allen Show. January 15, 1936. Sponsored by: Campbell's Tomato Juice (one commercial...
|11.25.1936||landing of the indians at plymouth||
+ The Burns and Allen Show. November 25, 1936. KHJ, Sponsored by: Campbell's Tomato Juice, Schaef...
|12.02.1936||gracie as a dramatic actor||
+ The Burns and Allen Show. December 2, 1936. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup. Tony sings, "It's Love...
|12.09.1936||gracie honors new orleans||
+ The Burns and Allen Show. December 9, 1936. CBS net net, KHJ, Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Sch...
|12.16.1936||pancho villa rides again||
+ The Burns and Allen Show. December 16, 1936. KHJ, Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Schaeffer Pen ...
|01.06.1937||recipe for hollywood sweet pie||
+ The Burns and Allen Show. January 6, 1937. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Bulova Watch (local)...
|10.11.1937||bob burns substitutes|
+ Gracie has done all her Christmas shopping, oh except for buying the presents. She is going to do ...
|01.10.1938||gracies murder mystery||
+ The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. January 10, 1938. Sponsored by: Grape-Nuts. The cast does...
|01.17.1938||another murder mystery||
+ The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. January 17, 1938. Sponsored by: Grape-Nuts. Tony sings, "...
|10.07.1938||gracie reads frank parkers telegram||
+ Chesterfield Time. October 7, 1938. Sponsored by: Chesterfield Cigarettes. Gracie's planning a da...
+ The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program. February 28, 1940. Sponsored by: Hinds Honey and Almond...
|03.06.1940||hats off to gracie||
+ The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program. March 6, 1940. Sponsored by: Hinds Honey and Almond Cre...
|03.13.1940||gracies triumphant return||
+ The Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Program. March 13, 1940. Sponsored by: Hinds Honey and Almond Cr...
|N/A||b h u s needs new hats|
|N/A||emily vanderlips boy|
|N/A||gracie cons george|
|N/A||grandpas 92nd birthday|
|N/A||new years eve party|
|N/A||vanderlips on holiday|
|N/A||with sam spade detective|
|N/A||burns andamp; al gracie andamp; tootsie work for millionaire playboy n a|
|N/A||burns andamp; al william powell sleeps over at the burns house n a|
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