George Burns Television Productions: The Series and Pilots, 1950-1981

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An elementary school dropout, George Burns went on to become one of America's most beloved entertainers. This book covers a neglected part of his career—his work as a television producer. Burns was not only a behind-the-scenes producer, but also filled the role of producer in various comedies in which he starred. Though his forte was situation comedies, Burns' company, McCadden Productions, also produced dramatic anthology series and pilots, including a pilot considered to be a ...

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George Burns Television Productions: The Series and Pilots, 1950-1981

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Overview

An elementary school dropout, George Burns went on to become one of America's most beloved entertainers. This book covers a neglected part of his career—his work as a television producer. Burns was not only a behind-the-scenes producer, but also filled the role of producer in various comedies in which he starred. Though his forte was situation comedies, Burns' company, McCadden Productions, also produced dramatic anthology series and pilots, including a pilot considered to be a precursor to the popular TV series Mission: Impossible.

This book focuses on Burns' wide variety of production efforts, and follows his involvement in television productions from his 1950 comedy series with his wife, Gracie Allen, through his participation in the fantasy sitcom Mister Ed, and finally to his last producer credit in 1981, I Love Her Anyway, a remake of The Burns and Allen Show.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786494866
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/12/2014
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 711,630
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Irvin is a self-described documentarian of television history. He lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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  • Posted July 22, 2014

    Until I read this book, I never realized that, in addition to be

    Until I read this book, I never realized that, in addition to being an actor and entertainer, George Burns produced several television shows - sitcoms like "The Burns and Allen Show," "The Bob Cummings Show," and "The People's Choice;" pilots featuring such stars as Marie Wilson and Margaret O'Brien; and the little-known dramas: "Panic" and "Flight." Those who appeared in various shows produced by Mr. Burns, e.g., Yvonne Lime, Ann B. Davis, and Sherry Alberoni also offer their comments about working with him.

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