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

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

by Richard Irvin


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786494866
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2014
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

Preface 1

1 George Burns, Executive Producer 3

2 George and Gracie-The Live TV Shows 13

3 George and Gracie-The Filmed Shows 25

4 George and the Charming Bachelor-The Bob Cummings Show 62

5 George and the Wisecracking Dog-The Peoples Choice 85

6 George and His McCadden Comedy Projects and Pilots 100

7 George and His Dramatic Anthologies 122

8 George Without Gracie 137

9 George and Filmways 146

10 George and Warner Brothers 157

11 George and United Artists 168

12 George and the Final Pilot 177

Chapter Notes 183

Bibliography 187

Index 189

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George Burns Television Productions: The Series and Pilots, 1950-1981 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
aug06 More than 1 year ago
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.