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Starring George Burns & Gracie Allen
Season 3 (CBS) (1952-53) (Filmed)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Tom Alger [TA] Jim Brent [JB] Robert Leszczak [RL] Jimmie D.
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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CBS Thursdays 8:00 PM Eastern
40 episodes listed here
3.01  Burns and Allen: WARDROBE WOMAN WINS FREE TRIP TO HAWAII (aka "Free Trip to Hawaii")
Film show no. 1
09Oct1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie plays matchmaker for her wardrobe woman and Harry Von Zell, not realizing the woman is happily married.
Gracie plays matchmaker for the wardrobe woman.
Gracie tries to make a match between Harry von Zell and Jane the wardrobe woman. Little does Gracie know that Jane
is happily married and the mother of two children. [JB]
3.02  Burns and Allen: GRACIE GIVING PARTY FOR ATOMIC SCIENTIST
Film show no. 2
16Oct1952 CBS (repeated 22June1953)
Gracie throws an elaborate dinner party for a French physicist.
Gracie arranges an elaborate dinner party honoring an eminent French physicist. When he declines the invitation,
she manages to make him change his mind by representing George as a distinguished scientist. [JB]
3.03  Burns and Allen: GEORGE SNEEZING; GRACIE THINKS HE'S INSANE
Film show no. 3
23Oct1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
George practices sneezing for a TV role, and Gracie winds up at the doctor's office when she picks up the habit.
A physician, called in to examine Gracie, finds out what is wrong with George. [JB]
Gracie develops a sneezing ailment and the doctor diagnoses it as psychosomatic manifestations. (4Oct1958 syndicated repeat description)
3.04  Burns and Allen: GRACIE BUYING BOAT FOR GEORGE
Film show no. 4
30Oct1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie asks Harry Von Zell to buy a boat for George.
Gracie decides that George needs a hobby. Harry Morton suggests golf, but fails and Harry von Zell is recruited to buy a boat for George. [JB]
3.05  Burns and Allen: GRACIE HAVING GEORGE'S PORTRAIT PAINTED
Film show no. 5
06Nov1952 CBS (repeated 01June1953)
Gracie hires an artist to paint a portrait of George for a surprise birthday gift.
Gracie decides to give George a portrait of himself as a surprise birthday gift and persuades the artist to work
in a closet and watch George through a peep hole. [JB]
3.06  Burns and Allen: GRACIE AND BLANCHE HIRE TWO GIGOLOS TO TAKE THEM OUT
Film show no. 6
13Nov1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie and Blanche hire escorts for a night out.
Gracie and Blanche hire gigolos when George and Harry refuse to go nightclubbing. [JB]
3.07  Burns and Allen: SAMPTER CLAYTON BALLET; SELLING TICKETS
Film show no. 7
20Nov1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm (re peated 15June1953)
In an effort to get George to sponsor the ballet, Gracie hires two dancers as a butler and maid.
Culture enters the Burns household as Gracie tries to get George to sponsor a ballet company. Some interesting
mixups occur, and the episode ends with George and Gracie doing a dance number without music.
Trying to persuade George to sponsor the ballet, Gracie hires two ballet dancers to act as their butler and maid. [JB]
3.08  Burns and Allen: SKATING PEARSONS COME TO VISIT
Film show no. 8
27Nov1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Old vaudeville friends visit George and Gracie.
Gracie brings in a vocational guidance counselor to help a friend keep his 10 year old boy out of show busi ness. [JB]
3.09  Burns and Allen: GRACIE SELLING SWAMP S O HARRY WILL BUY TV SET
Film show no. 9
04Dec1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm (repeated 24Aug1953)
Gracie tries to help the Mortons sell their swamp.
Gracie turns real estate agent for the Mortons. She sells their swamp land by representing it as an orange grove. [JB]
Gracie turns real estate agent and almost lands in jail for her efforts. [JB]
3.10  Burns and Allen: SILKY THOMPSON,
GRACIE WRITES "MY LIFE WITH GEORGE BURNS"
Film show no. 10
11Dec1952 CBS Thurs 8pm (repeated 08June1953)
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Directed by Ralph Levy
Sponsored by BF Goodrich
Gordon Barnes as Detective Roberts
Charles Evans as the husband
Sheldon Leonard as Silky Thompson
Gracie writes an article for LOOK MAGAZINE.; The article is about her life with George. To make the article
a wee bit more interesting, she fabricates a story about George beating u p a hardened criminal named Silky Thompson.
Of course, the article leads Silky to seek revenge and leads him right to the Burns' home. After a series of Gracie's
trademark madcap mix-ups, Silky is apprehended by the authorities. [RL]
Gracie writes a magazine story claiming that George once beat up a gangster.
TV Guide attempts to get Gracie to write a story for the magazine.
Gracie invents some flattering stories about George, and gets them into print. [JB]
3.11  Burns and Allen: GRACIE THINKS GEORGE IS GOING TO COMMIT SUICIDE
Film show no. 11
18Dec1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie thinks George wants to take his own life.
George is not happy when Gracie tells him her mother is coming for a visit. Situation becomes complicated when
Gracie discovers what she thinks is a suicide note in George's pocket. This prompts her to call a psychiatrist
who takes her to be the patient. [JB]
3.12  Burns and Allen: VON ZELL DATES MARRIED WOMAN--JEALOUS HUSBAND
Film show no. 12
25Dec1952 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie tries to make things right after Harry Von Zell dates a married woman.
Gracie gets her friend Harry Morton into trouble with his wife after she tries to help Harry von Zell when he
has a date with a married woman, not knowing she is married. [JB]
3.13  Burns and Allen: UNCLE CLYDE COMES TO VISIT--RENTING ROOM
Film show no. 13
01Jan1953 CBS (repeated 29June1953)
Gracie's freeloading uncle comes for an extended visit.
A m aster moocher, Gracie's Uncle Clyde descends on the Burns household when he is down on his luck,
and tries to get on George's television progra m with his paper tearing act. [JB]
3.14  Burns and Allen: GRACIE THINKS HARRY MORTON IS IN LOVE WITH HER
Film show no. 14
08Jan1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie thinks Harry Morton has fallen for her.
Gracie, convinced that neighbor Harry Morton has fallen in love with her, gives him a sandwich spiced with chopped shoelaces. [JB]
3.15  Burns and Allen: GRACIE TRYING TO KEEP MORTONS FROM MOVING AWAY
Film show no. 15
15Jan1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie tries to sour the deal when she learns the Mortons are considering trading houses with another couple.
Gracie's disappointment over the neighbors' plan to move away takes flower in a fiendish plan to make them stay. [JB]
3.16  Burns and Allen: GRACIE THINKS SHE'S NOT MARRIED TO GEORGE
(aka "We're Not Married" DVD title)
Film show no. 16
22Jan1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm (repeated 28Sep1953)
Jack Benny must convince Gracie her marriage to George is legal.
Gracie's sudden fancy that her 25 year marriage to George is not legal brings Jack Benny to the house to offer proof-positive. [JB]
Gracie decides she and George are not married and it takes Jack Benny, who was at their wedding, to convince
Gracie that she and George tied the knot legally. [JB]
3.17  Burns and Allen: TAX REFUND
Film show no. 17
29Jan1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Lurene Tuttle....Miss Bradley
Gracie gets a tax refund in the mail and invites L.A. mayor Fletcher Bowron to the house for dinner to discuss it.
A tax refund from Uncle Sam upsets Gracie's bank book figures so, on the advice of the postman, Gracie tries to give
it to Mayor Bowron of Los Angeles. [JB]
3.18  Burns and Allen: CIGARETTE GIRL--GEORGIE JESSEL--TEDDY BEAR
Film show no. 18
05Feb1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie thinks George tipped a cigarette girl $50.
A night out with George Jessel leaves George Burns with a teddy bear and plenty of trouble when
Gracie reads morning gossip columns. [JB]
3.19  Burns and Allen: GRACIE ON TRAIN--MURDER
Film show no. 19
12Feb1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm (repeated 07Sep1953)
James Flavin....Detective Sawyer
John Vosper....Mr. Lindstrom
Peter Leeds....Mr. Garland
Ray Hyke...... Guard
Gracie turns a quiet train upside down.
Misadventures in a club car. [JB]
Harry Morton gets into trouble with the police as a result of Gracie's mistaken notion that a man she met on a train is planning to kill his wife.
Gracie invites a business man home for dinner and to get rid of her he says he can't because he has murdered his wife.
She worries and asks Harry Morton what to do. He suggests calling the police and confusion follows. [JB]
3.20  Burns and Allen: BLANCHE WANTS NEW CAR--GRACIE GETS VON ZELL A WIFE
Film show no. 20
19Feb1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Verna Felton....Mrs. Rodney
V on Zell discusses the tax advantages of a family.
Gracie tries to save Harry von Zell $3,000 on his income tax by getting him a wife and three children,
and at the same time acquire a new car for herself and neighbor Blanche. [JB]
3.21  Burns and Allen: GRACIE GIVES A SWAMP PARTY
Film show no. 21
26Feb1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie throws an auction party to help Harry Morton sell some swamp land.
Gracie decides to help her neighbor sell his swamp land by giving an auction party at her home, With Gracie as
auctioneer and a guest as "shill" the evening takes a couple of exciting turns. [JB]
3.22  Burns and Allen: GEORGE AND GRACIE HEAR A BURGLAR--UP ALL NIGHT
Film show no. 22
05Mar1953 CBS (repeated 14Sep1953)
Gracie thinks she hears a burglar during the night and alarms the neighborhood.
Gracie is convinced that a robber is roaming around outside. Detective Sawyer despairs at another phone call from
the Burns household, but comes over to investigate. (video description)
Gracie hears a neighbor's footsteps in the middle of the night, and alarms the community with a burglar scare.
When Harry Morton goes to his garage to turn off car lights the incident touches off a comedy of errors. [JB]
A merry mix-up involving car lights, house lights, and suspected prowlers ends with George, Harry Morton
and Harry von Zell all at the police headquarters. [JB]
3.23  Burns and Allen: GRACIE BUYING A RANCH FOR GEORGE
Film show no. 23
12Mar1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm (repeated 21Sep1953)
Gracie wants to buy George a ranch; George schemes to put an end to her idea.
Synopsis 2 (video description):
After a weekend on Fred Astaire's ranch, Gracie is determined to buy George a ranch, despite his having no desire to live on one.
Gracie believes that George wants to buy a ranch. Harry Morton and his partner Casey want to be the ones to sell it to him.
But George does not really want to buy a ranch, and, perhaps ill-advisedly, relies on Harry Von Zell to help him get out of it.
Gracie decides to buy a ranch for George, but George doesn't want one and decides to do something about it. [JB]
George pretends that he is physically unfit for outdoor life when he discovers that Gracie wants to buy a ranch. [JB]
3.24  Burns and Allen: GRACIE GETS GEORGE IN THE ARMY
Film show no. 24
19Mar1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm (repeated 31Aug1953)
Richard Erdman....Recruiting Sgt
Rolfe Sedan.....D r. Mangrum
Gracie schemes to get George into the U.S. Army.
Gracie thinks that joining the army will help George to sleep better, so she arranges for a physical examination by an Army doctor. [JB]
Gracie Thinks joining the army will help George's insomnia. [JB]
3.25  Burns and Allen: GRACIE REPORTS CAR STOLEN
Film show no. 25
26Mar1953 CBS Thursday 8:00pm
Gracie tells the police that a car has been stolen.
The show business superstition of whistling in the dressing room which is supposed to result in bad luck makes
Gracie decide to protect George from an auto accident by hiding the car from him. [JB]
30Mar1953 - Burns and Allen moves from 8pm Thursdays to 8pm Mondays.
3.26  Burns and Allen: GRACIE PRETENDS TO BE A COLLEGE BOY'S MOTHER
Film show no. 26
30Mar1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie tries to help a college boy further a romance by posing as his mother.
To help a college boy make an impression on his girlfriend, Gracie agrees to pretend that she's his mother,
while George, Harry von Zell and Harry Morton all pretend to be the boy's father. [JB]
3.27  Burns and Allen: MISUNDERSTANDING OVER BUYING MOUNTAIN CABIN
Film show no. 27
6Apr1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Von Zell's negotiations to buy a cabin lead Gracie to think that George is the interested party.
Gracie thinks George is buying a mountain cabin from a competitor of realtor Harry Morton. [JB]
3.28  B urns and Allen: BLANCHE SECRETLY BUYS A FUR STOLE
Film show no. 28
13Apr1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
James Flavin....Detective Saw yer
Herbert Rawlinson....Captain Benson
Blanche buys a mink stole.
Blanche hides her recently purchased mink stole in the Burns' home.
Gracie and her neighbor Blanche Morton start a mix-up with a mink stole. [JB]
3.29  Burns and Allen: GRACIE TAKES SPANISH LESSONS
Film show no. 29
20Apr1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie takes Spanish lessons to improve her IQ.
Gracie takes Spanish lessons and almost gets George deported by immigration officials. [JB]
At this point, Fred Clark is still playing the character Harry Morton
(Larry Keating takes over playing Harry Morton later in season 3. Exact episode to be confirmed) [Jimmie D.]
3.30  Burns and Allen: GRACIE AND CLEANING WOMAN--VANDERLIPS ######### The Burns And Allen Show ########### Have you any comments, corrections, episode titles, air dates,
Film show no. 30
27Apr1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie tries to help her new cleaning woman.
A mad whirl of confusion climaxed by a battery of black eyes is the outcome of a harmless little gossip gabfest. [JB]
3.31  Burns and Allen: VON ZELL'S GIRL FRIEND BETWEEN TRAINS
Film show no. 31
04May1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Ann Doran.....Dorothy Potter
Harry Von Zell's college sweetheart plans to drop by for a visit.
Synopsis 2 (video description):
Gracie poses as Harry Von Zell's wife, after he tells an old sweetheart that he's married. Gracie is at her finest
as she tries to remember her name is Mabel Von Zell. In one memorable exchange of dialogue, sweetheart Dorothy says,
"I imagined your wife would be taller," to which Gracie responds, "Oh, sometimes I am. In the winter,
when the days are shorter, I'm taller."
Harry von Zell finds himself with two wives when Gracie and Blanche try to help him impress his old college sweetheart. [JB]
3.32  Burns and Allen: GEORGE LECTURING AT U.C.L.A. (aka "George LECTURES at UCLA")
Film show no. 32
11May1953 CBS Mond ay 8:00pm
George appears as a guest speaker at UCLA.
George receives an invitation to lecture at a college, but when he overhears the Mortons and Harry von Zell
making fun of him, he refuses. [JB]
3.33  Burns and Allen: GRACIE AND HARRY MORTON--MISSING PERSONS BUREAU
Film show no. 33
18May1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
When ravenous Harry Morton misses lunch, Gracie reports him missing.
Gracie gets involved with the missing Persons Bureau in trying to locate Harry Morton for his wife Blanche. [JB]
25May1953 - scheduled episode postponed, see 06Jul53
----Reruns (Next 5 weeks, provided by JB)------
01June1953 - Repeat o f 3.05 06Nov52
08June1953 - Repeat of 3.10 11Dec52
15June1953 - Repeat of 3.07 "Ballet" 20Nov52
22June1953 - Repeat of 3.02 "Atomic Scientist" 16Oct52
29June1953 - Repeat of 3.13 "Uncle Clyde" 01Jan53
3.34  Burns and Allen: SURPRISE PARTY FOR MORTONS--SANITARIUM ROUTINE
Film show no. 34
06Jul1953 (originally scheduled for 25May1953)
Gracie answers the Mortons' phone and thinks someone is tossing a surprise party for George.
Gracie plans a surprise party for the wrong husband in the wrong house. (25May53, postponed) [JB]
Synopsis 3 (06Jul53):
When friends plan a surprise party for Harry, Gracie thinks that it's for George. [JB]
3.35 [08 7 ] Burns and Allen: PERRY & PETE--GRACIE'S COUSINS--SNEAK THIEVES
Film show no. 35
13Jul1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie unknowingly offers lodging to two burglars.
Gracie unwittingly stops two sneak thieves from getting away. [JB]
3.36  Burns and Allen: GRACIE DOING A PICTURE WITHOUT GEORGE
Film show no. 36
20Jul1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie misinterprets the message in an old telegram.
Gracie decides not to stand in George's way when he is offered a part in a Broadway show without her. [JB]
Synopsis 3 (Video description):
Gracie finds on old telegram asking George to do a Broadway show without his partner. Not realizing it's 30 years old,
Gracie tries to force George to leave in one of the most ridiculously funny scenes ever presented on television.
3.37 [ 08 9] Burns and Allen: GRACIE TRYING TO GET GEORGE TO GO ON TRIP EAST
Film show no. 37
27Jul1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie decides that she wants to go to New York with the Mortons for a vacation. [JB]
Synopsis 2 (probably the same episode):
"Trip to New York" (1953)
A vacation trip to New York hits a snag when Gracie wants the Mortons to join them.
3.38  Burns and Allen: GRACIE SEES A HOLD-UP--JOHNNY VELVET
Film show no. 38
03Aug1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Sheldon Leonard....Johnny Velvet
Gracie must testify against a bank robber (Sheldon Leonard); George plans to sing at a dinner for Ronald Reagan.
Gracie is called to testify as a bank holdup witness, but the robber has other ideas. [JB]
Gracie witnesses a bank stickup headed by a Mob boss. When they kidnap her to keep her from testifying, they can't
seem to get rid of her fast enough. Instead they decide to steal George away, but plenty of mistaken identities ensue.
Gracie as the fumbling kidnappee is absolutely hysterical, and you can't miss the cameo appearance by the man who at
the time was known only as an actor, Ronald Reagan as himself.
Gracie is called to testify as a bank holdup witness, but the robber has other ideas. [JB]
3.39  Burns and Allen: GRACIE AND GEORGE LOCKED OUT OF THEIR HOUSE
Film show no. 39
10Aug1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie locks herself and George out of the house.
To most people, getting locked out of their home results in a mild inconvenience, but when George and
Gracie get locked out, complications set in that only Gracie can investigate. [JB]
3. 40  Burns and Allen: GRACIE AT DEPARTMENT STORE
Film show no. 40
17Aug1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
A minor accident causes major confusion when Gracie's involved.
Gracie's fall in a department store leads to a misunderstanding.
Gracie takes a shopping trip which results in near calamity. [JB]
------- Summer Reruns (provided by JB) -------
24Aug1953 - Repeat of 3.09 ("Gracie Selling Swamp So Harry Will Buy TV Set" 04Dec1952)
31Aug1953 - Repeat of 3.24 ("Gracie Gets George in the Army" 19Mar1953)
07Sep1953 - Repeat of 3.19 ("Gracie on Train--Murder" 12Feb1953)
14Sep1953 - Repeat o f 3 .22 ("George and Gracie Hear a Burglar--Up All Night" 05Mar1953)
21Sep1953 - Repeat of 3.23 ("Gracie Buying A Ranch for George" 12Mar1953)
28Sep1953 - Repeat of 3.16 ("Gracie Thinks She's Not Married to George" 22Jan1953)
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