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Starring George Burns & Gracie Allen
Season 4 (CBS) (1953-54) (Filmed)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Tom Alger [TA] Jim Brent [JB] Robert Leszczak [RL]
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
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######### The Burns And Allen Show ###########
############# season 4 1953-54 ###############
CBS Mondays 8:00 PM Eastern
40 episodes listed here
Film show nos. 41-80
4.01  Burns and Allen: MORTON BUYS IRON DEER, GRACIE THINKS GEORGE NEEDS GLASSES
Film show no. 41
05Oct1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Ha rry Morton buys an iron deer for his front lawn.
An iron deer ornament causes untold confusion and trouble for George and Gracie and their neighbors, the Mortons. [JB]
4.02  Burns and Allen: GRACIE HELPS MORTON GET C.P.A. ACCOUNT
Film show no. 42
12Oct1953 CBS (repeated 24May1954)
Gracie tries to convince one of Harry's clients that Harry is a playboy.
Harry Morton learns the hard way that you should never tell Gracie about a new account. [JB]
4.03  Burns and Allen: GRACIE GETS A JURY SUMMONS
Film show no. 43
19Oct1953 CBS (repeated 17May1954)
Lester Matthews....Attorney Thomas Marshall
Will Wright.....Judge Kramer
George wants Gracie to get ou t of jury duty.
Gracie receives a summons for jury duty, to George's dismay. [JB]
4.04  Burns and Allen: GEORGE TEACHES GRACIE NOT TO BE CARELESS
Film show no. 44
26Oct1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie misinterprets George's safety crusade; Gracie thinks Blanche is a kleptomaniac.
Gracie thinks Blanche is a kleptomaniac and goes to great lengths to protect her. [JB]
It isn't safe for George to give safety-first lessons to his wife because Gracie only becomes convinced that George is angry at her. Larry Keating, Bea Benaderet, Harry Von Zell.
4.05  Burns and Allen: GEORGE AND HARRY MORTON MAD AT EACH OTHER
Film show no. 45
02Nov1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie urges George to get mad at Harry Morton.
Misinterpreting a chance remark of George's about their neighbor Harry Morton, Gracie manages to get the two families into a feud. [JB]
4.06  Burns and Allen: GRACIE GETTING A BUSINESS MANAGER--ROGER
Film show no. 46
09Nov1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
After George accuses her a spending too much money, Gracie visits a financial advisor.
George and Gracie decide they need a business manager to straighten out their household finances. [JB]
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4.07  Burns and Allen: RACCOON COAT STORY
Film show no. 47
16Nov1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Von Zell's attempt to be helpful gets him in trouble.
In an attempt to be helpful, Harry von Zell gets himself into a bushel of trouble?thanks to Gracie, a little widow, and a treasured raccoon coat. [JB]
4.08  Burns and Allen: GRACIE THINKS HARRY VON ZELL IS BROKE
Film show no. 48
23Nov1953 CBS (repeated 07Jun1954)
Gracie mistakenly assumes Harry Von Zell is broke.
Grace overhears Harry von Zell asking George to lend him money, and jumps to the conclusion that Harry is poverty-stricken. [JB]
Gracie gets the idea that Harry Von Zell is broke and decides to run a benefit party for him. Through a misunderstanding, Harry thinks the party is for Blanche Morton's husband. [JB]
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4.09  Burns and Allen: GRACIE GOING TO SAN FRANCISCO
(aka "Gracie and Blanche Pack for Frisco Trip")
Film show no. 49
30Nov1953 CBS (repeated 31May1954)
George and Harry Morton plan to enjoy the fruits of bachelorhood while their wives are out of town.
George and Morton make plans when their wives plan a trip to San Francisco.
George and his neighbor Harry lay plans for some harmless deviltry after Gracie and Blanche decide to go to San Francisco for a visit. [JB]
4.10  Burns and Allen: GRACIE TRADES HOME FOR MOUNTAIN CABIN
Film show no. 50
07Dec1953 CBS (repeated 21Jun1954)
Frank Wilcox....Attorney Larry Heath
Will Wright......Mr. Fuller
Gracie thinks George is planning to r etire so s he trades their home for a mountain cabin.
Getting the mistaken idea that George is about to retire from show business, Gracie trades their elegant home in Beverly Hills for an inelegant mountain cabin retreat. [JB]
4.11  Burns and Allen: GEORGE AND GRACIE GOING TO ROSE-MARIE PREMIERE
Film show no. 51
14Dec1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie has given away tickets to a movie premiere.
Gracie gets all prettied up to attend a movie premiere, then suddenly recalls she has given away the tickets. [JB]
4.12  Burns and Allen: JANE (WARDROBE WOMAN) AND HER PROBLEM
Film show no. 52
21Dec1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie tries to help her troubled wardrobe woman.
Gracie creates a family crisis, because she believes sh e must have one in order to appreciate other people's problems. [JB]
4.13  Burns and Allen: GRACIE'S ANNIVERSARY PRESENT
Film show no. 53
28Dec1953 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie thinks George is going to buy her a plane for their wedding anniversary.
Gracie decides to take flying lessons when she becomes convinced that George is planning to buy her a plane for their wedding anniversary. [JB]
4.14  Burns and Allen: UNCLE HARVEY'S INVENTION
Film show no. 54
04Jan1954 CBS (repeated 30Aug1954)
Gracie's crazy Uncle Harvey invents a plant-growth formula.
Uncle Harvey's "Great Discovery" excites everyone but George.
Uncle Harvey's latest invention, a solution to make plants grow to gargantuan proportions, is found to contain the makings for a perfect martini. [JB]
4.15  Burns and Allen: GEORGE READING PLAY TO BE DONE IN LONDON
Film show no. 55
11Jan1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie makes travel plans when she finds George reading a play due to open in London.
Gracie starts packing when she thinks that they are going to London. [JB]
4.16  Burns and Allen: GRACIE HELPS MECHANIC WITH GIRL FRIEND
Film show no. 56
18Jan1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie tries to help an auto mechanic's love life.
Gracie has an historic interview with a local reporter. [JB]
4.17  Burns and Allen: GRACIE DISCOVERS GEORGE'S SECRET WEAKNESS
Film show no. 57
25Jan1954 CBS (repeated 14Jun1954)
A magazine article prompts Gracie to try to uncover George's secret vice.
Gracie convinces herself that George must be in the class of the one man in five who has a secret vice. Burns & Allen do the vaudeville routine that made them famous, "Lamb Chops." [JB]
4.18  Burns and Allen: GRACIE HAS TO SELL GEORGE'S CAR BY FIVE O'CLOCK
Film show no. 58
01Feb1954 CBS (repeated 13Sep1954)
Disaster results when Gracie tries to sell her car.
Gracie gives an auto dealer the impression she's trying to unload a hot car. [JB]
Gracie misunderstands a fire inspector's order to get rid of some inflammable rubbish. [JB]
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4.19  Burns and Allen: GRACIE WINS A TELEVISION SET
Film show no. 59
08Feb1954 CBS (repeated 28Jun1954)
Gracie tries to win a television in a radio contest.
After a radio quiz program has phoned Gracie and she has given the wrong answer to a question, she finds the right one and demands her prize. [JB]
A quiz show phones Gracie and offers her a TV set if she can answer a question. She can't, but she looks it up in an almanac, calls them back with the correct data, and demands a set. [JB]
4.20  Burns and Allen: NO FAN MAIL FOR GEORGE
Film show no. 60
15Feb1954 CBS (repeated 27Sep1954)
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Gr acie gets Blanche to write George a fan letter.
George hasn't been getting much fan mail, so Gracie arranges for some in her inimitable way. [JB]
Gracie sends George a very flattering fan letter and signs it with a name picked at random from the telephone directory. [JB]
4.21  Burns and Allen: GEORGE AND GRACIE GOING TO OPERA "CARMEN"
(aka "George & Gracie Going to the Opera")
Film show no. 61
22Feb1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie and George go to a performance of 'Carmen.'
George and Gracie are invited by the banker and his wife to see the opera, "Carmen," but George won't attend until he sees how he looks in a full-dress suit. [JB]
4.22  Burns and Allen: HARRY MORTON IS MISSING
Film show no. 62
01Mar1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie, Blanche and George search for Harry Morton.
Returning from a movie, Blanche can't find Harry, who has retired early, and she hires a private detective to find him. [JB]
4.23  Burns and Allen: GRACIE GOES TO PSYCHIATRIST FOR BLANCHE'S DREAM
Film show no. 63
08Mar1954 CBS (repeated 06Sep1954)
Frank Wilcox....Dr. Lowery
Sandra Burns....Miss Jones
A psychiatrist needs help after an hour with Gracie.
It's a bad day for the psychiatrist when Gracie keeps an appointment with him which Blanche made for herself. George and Gracie's daughter, Sandra Burns, appears as the psychiatrist's receptionist. [JB]
4.24  Burns and Allen: GRACIE'S OLD BOYFRIEND, DON CONROY, COMES TO TOWN
Film show no. 64
15Mar1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Ted de Corsia....Don Conroy
Gracie helps boost George's confidence when her former boyfriend, a basketball coach, visits.
George is just a frustrated athlete when Gracie plays hostess to a basketball team coached by one of her old boyfriends. [JB]
4.25  Burns and Allen: GRACIE TRIES TO GET GEORGE IN COLLEGE
Film show no. 65
22Mar1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie decides George should attend UCLA.
Gracie gets a traffic ticket. George tries to get it "fixed" through the aid of a friend. Meanwhile, Gracie tries to enroll George in USC because they are going to a University Club dance with Blanche and Harry Morton. [JB]
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4.26  Burns and Allen: COLUMBIA PICTURES DOING BURNS AND ALLEN STORY
(aka "Columbia Doing Burns and Allen Story")
Film show no. 66
29Mar1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Margie Pickler....Lily Myers
Fay Baker....Mrs. Hudson
Nestor Paiva....Mr. Myers
Dan Tobin....Fred Kollmar
Everyone wants a part when word gets out that a movie studio is making a film about George and Gracie.
Synopsis 2 (video description):
Columbia Pictures decides to make a movie on the life story of the couple (a tremendous disappointment to Gracie; she prefers Paramount because they put more butter in their popcorn). Things go awry when Gracie thinks that George has a wife and four sons living in San Diego.
When a motion picture company decides to make the life story of George and Gracie, all of their friends want to get int o the act. [JB]
4.27  Burns and Allen: AN ELEPHANT SITS ON GRACIE'S FENDER
Film show no. 67
05Apr1954 CBS (repeated 20Sep1954)
Douglas Fowley....Mr. Prescott
George E. Stone....Duffy Edwards
Bill Kennedy....Mr. Stebbens
Gracie drives the car home with a dent in the fender. Her excuse is that an elephant sat on it. George finds this bit of information a little hard to swallow.
No one believes Gracie when she explains the dent in her car's fender.
Gracie tries to explain to the insurance company that an elephant sat on the fender of her car while she was watching the circus tents being erected. [JB]
4.28  Burns and Allen: GEORGE GETS BLACK EYE FROM OPEN DOOR
Film show no. 68
12Apr1954 CBS Monday 8:00 pm
George has to explain his sudden black eye.
George turns up with a black eye and Gracie sets herself to blacken the other one unless George can explain.
George gets a black eye when his business manager, Al Simon, opens a door too suddenly, and Gracie assumes the two men have been fighting. [JB]
A black eye, a broken leg, an insurance investigator, and Gracie in a nurse's uniform are a pain in the neck for George. [JB]
4.29  Burns and Allen: DOLORES DE MARCO, GEORGE'S EX-VAUDEVILLE PARTNER
Film show no. 69
19Apr1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie thinks George is falling for an old flame.
Gracie gets the impression that George has renewed a romance with one of his old vaudeville partners. [JB]
Synop sis 3:
Gracie buys some w orthless old films and gets George, Harry Morton and Harry von Zell into a high-priced dither. [JB]
4.30  Burns and Allen: VANDERLIP BUYS BLACK NEGLIGEE FOR HIS WIFE
Film show no. 70
26Apr1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie tries to repair her banker's marriage.
Gracie gets the idea that Mr. Vanderlip the banker is romancing another woman. So, not to have the ladies outdone, she tells him his wife had been receiving marked attentions from a handsome young dentist in town. [JB]
4.31  Burns and Allen: GRACIE AND GEORGE HAVE A MYSTERY ANNIVERSARY
Film show no. 71
03May1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
A mislaid package causes G racie to think that George bo ught her a gift for an occasion she can't remember.
Thinking that a gift-wrapped package she's found is for her, Gracie throws a party to celebrate an occasion which she thinks she has forgotten. [JB]
4.32  Burns and Allen: GEORGE RESTING FOR INSURANCE EXAMINATION
Film show no. 72
10May1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
George rests before an insurance physical.
Absolute quiet in the house.
George plans to spend 24 hours in bed to prepare for a physical exam, and Gracie determines to keep the house absolutely quiet. Harry and Blanche Morton pitch in to keep the silence. [JB]
------ Spring Reruns (provided by JB)-------
17May1 954 - Repeat of 4.03 ("Gracie Gets a Jury Summons" 19Oct1953) ######### The Burns And Allen Show ########### Have you any comments, corrections, episode titles, air dates,
24May1954 - Repeat of 4.02 ("Gracie Helps Harry Morton Get CPA Account" 12Oct1953)
31May1954 - Repeat of 4.09 ("Gracie Going to San Francisco" 30Nov1953)
07Jun1954 - Repeat of 4.08 ("Gracie Thinks Harry Von Zell is Broke" 23Nov1953)
14Jun1954 - Repeat of 4.17 ("Gracie Discovers George's Secret Weakness" 24Jan1954)
21Jun1954 - Repeat of 4.10 ("Gracie Trades Home for Mountain Cabin" 07Dec1953)
28Jun1954 - Repeat of 4.19 ("Gracie Wins a Television Set" 08Feb1954)
4.33  Burns and Allen: HARRY MORTON HAS ONLY A W EEK TO LIVE
Film show no. 73
05Jul1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie thinks Harry Morton has only a week to live.
Tender hearted Gracie gets the idea that Harry Morton has but a week to live, and she decides it must be a memorable one. [JB]
4.34  Burns and Allen: GRACIE BUYS OLD MOVIES TO SELL TO TELEVISION
Film show no. 74
12Jul1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
An astrologer gives Gracie some business advice.
Gracie makes the mistake of investing a small fortune in some worthless old films. It so happens George has just advised Harry Von Zell and Harry Morton against buying those very films. [JB]
4.35  Burns and Allen: EMILY VANDERLIP'S ELOPEMENT
Film show no. 75
19Jul1954 CBS Mo nday 8:00pm
Sa rah Selby....Lucille Vanderlip
Elinor Donahue....Emily Vanderlip
Richard Bauman....Donald Calhoun
Doris Packer....Mrs. Reilly
John Gallaudet....Shoe Salesman
Gracie makes elopement plans for Emily Vanderlip.
Gracie makes plans for their banker's daughter (Mildred Doff) to elope with her new beau. [JB]
4.36  Burns and Allen: GRACIE RUNS FOR CITY COUNCIL
Film show no. 76
26Jul1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie becomes a candidate for city council.
It's all a dreadful misunderstanding, but Gracie thinks the Beverly Hills League of Women voters want her to run for City Council. But it's George who should have made a run for it, and fast. [JB]
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4.37  Burns and Allen: BURNSES AND MORTONS CHOOSING MOVIE TO ATTEND
Film show no. 77
02Aug1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
The Burnses and Mortons try to choose a movie.
George and Gracie search frantically for a movie they haven't seen.
George and Gracie find that a simple evening at the movies can cause a great deal of confusion when the whole neighborhood decides to get into the act. [JB]
4.38  Burns and Allen: GRACIE BUYS A TOASTER WHOLESALE
Film show no. 78
09Aug1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Ronnie Burns.....Mr. Evans
Joseph Kearns....Mr. Tavelman
James Todd.......Howard Stanton
George E. Stone...Frankie
Gracie makes plans to buy a toaster wholesale.
When Geo rge announces that he can get a toaster at wholesale price, Gracie devises a "budget" whereby she order a lot of appliances to save money. Next-door neighbor Blanche Morton follows suit and the "saving" gets a bit out of hand. [JB]
4.39  Burns and Allen: MORTONS EXCHANGE HOUSES WITH THE GIBSONS FROM NEW YORK
Film show no. 79
16Aug1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie makes a house-exchange deal for the Mortons.
Gracie tries to palm her house guests off on her next door neighbors, the Mortons, but as usual her plans don't quite work out. In the confusion that follows, Gracie finds herself faced with more than just a house guest problem. [JB]
4.40  Burns and Allen: GEORGE TEACHES GRACIE NOT TO START RUMORS
Film show no. 80
23Aug1954 CBS Monday 8:00pm
Gracie innocently sets off a chain of rumors about George's gambling success.
Gracie touts George's gambling winnings.
Gracie starts a rumor about George's winnings at the gambling tables which mushrooms into a story fabulous gains. Naturally nobody listens to George, who insists that he actually lost money. [JB]
------ Summer Reruns (provided by JB)-------
30Aug1954 - Repeat of 4.14 ("Uncle Harvey's Invention" 04Jan1954)
06Sep1954 - Repeat of 4.23 ("Gracie Goes to a Psychiatrist for Blanche's Dream" 08Mar1954)
13Sep1954 - Repeat of 4.18 ("Gracie Has to Sell George's Car by Five O'clock" 01Feb1954)
20Sep1954 - Repeat of 4.27 ("An Elephant Sits on Gracie's Fender" 05Apr1954)
27Sep1954 - Repeat of 4.20 ("No Fan Mail for George" 15Feb1954)
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