CTVA US Comedy - "The Burns And Allen Show" (McCadden/CBS) Season 7 (1956-57)

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Starring George Burns & Gracie Allen
Season 7 (CBS) (1956-57) (Filmed)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: 
Tom Alger [TA] Jim Brent [JB] Robert Leszczak [RL]
references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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CBS Mondays 8:00 PM Eastern
43 episodes
Film show nos. 158-200

7.01 [210] Burns and Allen: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Film show no. 158
10Sep1956 CBS (originally scheduled for 11Jun56)
Guest cast:
Doris Packer....Mrs. Millicent Sohmers
Katherine Warren....Mrs. Winstrel
Helen Spring.......Mrs. Clark
Synopsis 1:
Gracie takes a membership test for a ladies' club.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie attempts to qualify for membership in a women's club by preparing to answer questions in a literary quiz. [JB]
Synopsis 3:
Gracie wins a quiz by coming up with her own brand of answers to s om e unanswerable questions. (11June1956 listing, episode postponed until 10Sep56)
Newspaper review:
Gracie's a pleasure to watch, cheating her way into a ladies' club with the help of friendly Mrs. Sohmers. She has to pass a little test to join the club. But Mrs. Sohmers sneaks her the questions in advance. The best laughs come from Gracie's wide eyed, eager antics. (11June1956 Chicago Tribune review, episode postponed until 10Sep56)
Synopsis 5:
George and Gracie launch their new season by returning to their home in California and employing a rather questionable method of assuring acceptance in a fashionable neighborhood club. (10Sep1956 Chicago Tribune)
Synopsis 6:
The new season starts off amusingly as the snobbish Mrs. Sohmers offers to help Gracie join a ladies' club. gracie must answer some literary questions. Although she has no difficulty memorizing the questions, she can't recall the answers. Just watching Gracie's surprise when she comes up with a co rre ct reply is delightful. (10Sep1956 Chicago Tribune review)

7.02 [211] Burns and Allen: MRS. SOHMERS NEEDS A PSYCHOLOGIST
Film show no. 159
17Sep1956 CBS
Guest cast:
Doris Packer....Mrs. Millicent Sohmers
Dabbs Greer.....Dr. Hendricks (the psychiatrist)
Synopsis 1:
A psychiatrist involves the Burnses in a tangle. Synopsis 2:
A psychiatrist (Dabbs Greer) meets his mental match in Gracie.
Synopsis 3:
A psychiatrist learns too late he has made a big mistake when he unwittingly attempts to psychoanalyze Gracie.
Synopsis 5:
After a psychiatrist attempts to psychoanalyze Grace, he stops in to have a serious talk with George. Because the visit is unexpected, George, the doctor and Harry Von Zell get mixed up in a three-way mistaken identity triangle. [JB]
Synopsis 5 (for this episode?):
Gracie goes to a psychiatrist instead of Blanche, and almost convinces him sh e's sane. Then George takes over and gently toys with the poor doctor.

7.03 [212] Burns and Allen: THE SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR
Film show no. 160
24Sep1956 CBS
Synopsis:
Gracie and Blanche try to intercept a phone call at the hotel switchboard.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie and Blanche, wanting to intercept a telephone call, offer to substitute for the regular operator.
Synopsis 3:
Gracie magnanimously offers to help her friend Blanche when it appears husband Harry Morton is about to take another job. To prevent Harry from making an important phone call, Gracie takes over the hotel switchboard. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Funnier than usual tonight as Blanche and Gracie take over their hotel switchboard. Gracie has a wonderful time, barking out orders and cutting callers off...and her delight is infectious.

7.04 [213 ] Bu rns and Allen: RETURN TO CALIFORNIA
Film show no. 161
01Oct1956 CBS (date to be verified)
(copyright date: 08Oct1956)
Synopsis:
Ronnie opens his parents' house to his college friends.

7.05 [214] Burns and Allen: THE SHAKESPEARE PAPER
Film show no. 162
08Oct1956 CBS (repeated 15July1957)
(copyright date: 15Oct1956)
Guest cast:
Frank Baxter......Himself
Synopsis 1:
Gracie tries to help when Ronnie must write a paper on his favorite Shakespearean play.
Synopsis 2:
Shakespearean authority, Dr. Frank Baxter, gives Ronnie an assignment to do a paper on the immortal bard.
Synopsis 3:
As a student in one of Dr. Frank Baxter's Shakespearean classes at the university, Ronnie gets an assignment to do a paper on the immortal bard.
Synopsis 4:
Dr. Frank C. Baxter, noted Shakespearean authorit y and professor at the University of Southern California, finds himself dealing with some unusual views of the famed bard. Gracie secretly rewrites one of Ronnie's assignments to help him get what she thinks will be a better grade. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Gracie, who can rattle anyone, concentrates tonight on Shakespearean scholar Dr. Frank Baxter. She wants to help son Ronnie get better grades in his Shakespeare course at college.

7.06 [215] Burns and Allen: THE WOMAN IN THE CAR
Film show no. 163
15Oct1956 CBS air date
(copyright date: 22Oct1956)
Synopsis 1:
Gracie is named as third party in a love triangle.
Synopsis 2:
A parking ticket, a borrowed car, and a suspicious wife create a situation that finds Gracie being labeled the "other woman" in a love triangle.
Synopsis 3:
Gracie borrows Blanche Morton's car and is seen, but not recognized, while driving it. Local gossips hurry to Blanc he to inform her that husband Harry was seen in her car with another woman. (12Aug1960 syndicated rerun) [TA]


7.07 [216] Burns and Allen: THE INTERVIEW
Film show no. 164
22Oct1956 CBS (repeated 29July1957)
(copyright date: 29Oct1956)
Writers: Harvey Helm, Keith Fowler, Norman Paul, Willy Burns
Director: Rod Amateau
Guest cast:
Francis X. Bushman....Himself
John Hoyt....Jenkins (TV Guide reporter)
Doris Packer....Mrs. Sohmers
Synopsis 1:
George and Gracie plan to spend a day with a magazine interviewer.
Synopsis 2:
A befuddled TV Guide reporter (John Hoyt) visits; Mrs. Sohmers wants to meet her favorite actor.
Synopsis 3:
A television reporter visits the Burns' home to do a story on the "other," more serious side of George and Grac ie's personalities.
Synopsis 4:
A television magazine reporter visits the Burns' home to do a story on the more serious side of Gracie and George and is ready to turn in his typewriter after experiencing a "normal" day in the zany household.
Synopsis 5:
A TV Guide writer is assigned to do a story on the serious side of George and Gracie by observing a "normal" day in the Burns household. Another special guest at the Burns home is Francis X. Bushman, famed idol of the silent screen. [JB]

7.08 [217] Burns and Allen: RONNIE'S INITIATION
Film show no. 165
29Oct1956 CBS Monday 8pm
(copyright date: 05Nov1956)
Guest cast:
Robert Ellis.....Ralph
Doris Packer.....Mrs. Sohmers
Synopsis 1:
Mrs. Sohmers wants to buy a house in Pasadena; Ronnie undergoes a fraternity initiation.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie gives an assist when Ronnie must spend a day doing the "opposite of norma l" at a fraternity initiation.
Synopsis 3:
Gracie joins son Ronnie in some unique pursuits, turning the Burns household inside out. Ronnie is being initiated into a fraternity, and he's required to spend an entire day doing the opposite of what would normally be expected of him. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Ronnie, being initiated into a fraternity, turns the house inside out...so Gracie follows suit. You'll have fun with Georgie's monolog about the "Friars Club" initiations, and with the amusing curtain call when Gracie tells George to stop repeating her lines.

7.09 [218] Burns and Allen: RONNIE'S BASHFUL
Film show no. 166
05Nov1956 CBS Monday 8pm
(copyright date: 12Nov1956)
Synopsis 1:
Gracie mistakenly thinks Ronnie is shy around girls.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie erroneously thinks that Ronnie is too shy to ask for a date, so she spreads the word around, and the result is that a bevy of co-eds invades the Burns' househol d. Synopsis 3:
Gracie is concerned because son Ronnie is staying home evenings. Not knowing his steady date is out of town, Gracie sets about seeking aid from USC coeds to cure his "shyness." [JB]

7.10 [219] Burns and Allen: THE MISSING STAMP
Film show no. 167
12Nov1956 CBS Monday 8pm
(copyright date: 19Nov1956)
Guest cast:
King Donovan....Roger
Synopsis 1:
Eager to find a stamp to mail a letter, Gracie ransacks Harry Morton's priceless collection. Synopsis 2:
Gracie uses Harry Morton's rare stamp to mail a letter.
Synopsis 3:
The simple mailing of a letter wreaks havoc in the Burns' household when Gracie, in need of three cents worth of postage, inadvertently uses a priceless stamp from neighbor Harry Morton's valuable collection.
Newspaper review:
Gracie will frighten dyed-in-the-wool philatelists tonight, as she mails a rare stamp from H a rry Morton's collection. George, as usual, contributes some appropriate tongue-in-cheek remarks.

7.11 [220] Burns and Allen: GEORGE'S BLUE TWEED SUIT
(aka "George's Gray Suit")
Film show no. 168
19Nov1956 CBS Monday 8pm
(copyright date: 26Nov1956)
Synopsis 1:
Gracie is forced to concoct a robbery story.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie gives away one of George's best suits and tells George it was stolen.
Synopsis 3:
Gracie gives one of George's favorite suits away without telling him. In an attempt to cover up her mistake, Gracie claims the suit was stolen, and then has some explaining to do to the police. [JB]

7.12 [221] Burns and Allen: VON ZELL'S RAISES
Film show no. 169
26Nov1956 CBS (repeated 22July1957)
(copyright date: 26Nov1956)
Guest cast:
Mary Lawrence.....Vivian Abbott
Tania Dukovic... Fr ances Johnson
Claude Stroud.....Mr. Billings
Synopsis 1:
In an attempt to get a raise, Harry Von Zell announces his forthcoming marriage.
Synopsis 2:
Harry Von Zell claims he is getting married to get a raise in pay from George.
Synopsis 3:
In an attempt to get a raise, Harry Von Zell tells George he is getting married. Gracie takes him literally and begins making elaborate preparations for Harry's nuptials. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Harry Von Zell gets himself a boost in salary tonight...but almost at the risk of his standing as a bachelor. Funny moments come when Harry turns angrily on George, and later when George toys with a trick television set. The closing routine gives Gracie the chance to describe her bold ancestor, Daniel Allen, frontiersman.

7.13 [222] Burns and Allen: THE REFRIGERATOR SALESMAN
Film show no. 170
03Dec1956 CBS Monday 8pm
(copy rig ht date: 03Dec1956)
Synopsis 1:
Gracie tries to boost Ronnie's sales career.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie wants to help Ronnie out when he gets a job at a department store. [JB]
Synopsis 3:
Ronnie gets a job as an electric shaver salesman in a department store during the Christmas holidays.
Synopsis 4:
Ronnie sells electric razors over the Christmas holidays...so Gracie tries talking all her friends into buying them. But Harry Morton's a holdout...he's rather stick to his trusty straight edge.

7.14 [223] Burns and Allen: THE GIRL BEHIND THE PERFUME COUNTER
Film show no. 171
10Dec1956 CBS
Guest cast:
John Eldredge.....Mr. Willoughby
Synopsis 1:
Ronnie falls for a salesgirl---but Gracie thinks it's the girl's mother he's after.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie experiments with perfume.
Synopsis 3:
A case of mistaken identity leads a presumptious Gracie to the conclusion that Ronnie is romantically linked with an older woman.
Synopsis 4:
Ronnie develops a crush on a salesgirl in the department store where he is employed for the holidays. Gracie thinks he has fallen for the girl's glamorous mother, and tries to break up his romance with "an older woman." [JB]

7.15 [224] Burns and Allen: RONNIE QUITS COLLEGE BECAUSE HIS FATHER GOES BROKE
Film show no. 172
17Dec1956 CBS
Guest cast:
Frank Wilcox....Professor Robert Gordon
John Eldredge....Mr. Willoughby
Doris Packer.....Mrs. Sohmers
Susan Luckey.....Madeline
Synopsis 1:
Gracie tries to convince Ronnie to stay in college.
Synopsis 2:
George Burns becomes the innocent pawn in a zany scheme by Gracie to convince their son, Ronnie, of the value of a college education.
Synopsis 3:
Gracie has a plan to keep son Ronnie from leaving college but it boomerangs. She tells Ronnie that George's lack of a formal educ ation is the reason he's made bad investments. This makes Ronnie even more determined to get a full-time job in order to support his penniless father. [JB]

7.16 [225] Burns and Allen: CHRISTMAS IN JAIL
Film show no. 173
24Dec1956 CBS
Synopsis 1:
Mistaken identity puts George in jail for Christmas.
Synopsis 2:
George faces the somewhat disturbing prospect of spending Christmas in jail after being identified as a smooth working jewel swindler.
Synopsis 3:
George nearly lands in jail when he attempts to exchange the string of pearls he bought Gracie. George doesn't know that Gracie replaced the real pearls with imitation ones. [JB]
Synopsis 4:
A delightful Christmas show, opening with George in jail. You'll like his monolog behind bars...and he sings. Gracie and Blanche figure out ways to con their husbands into buying them the right presents.
Synopsis 5:
Thi s epi sode finds George in the "pokey." George narrates the events of the few days before, recounting an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors. Blanche and Gracie conspire to trick their husbands into buying exactly what they want for Christmas, a jeweled watch and a pearl necklace. Yet again, George is caught in the whirlpool of confusion when Gracie does a favor for her son. With elegantly timed precision, Grace Allen delivers her lines, as George expertly provides the material that will spark Gracie's humor. (Video description)

7.17 [226] Burns and Allen: THE COSTUME PARTY
Film show no. 174
31Dec1956 CBS
Guest cast:
Sarah Selby.....Lucille Vanderlip
Grandon Rhodes.....Mr. Vanderlip
King Donovan.....Roger
Synopsis 1:
George mistakenly evicts the guests of honor from a costume party.
Synopsis 2:
George mistakes a party guest of hono r for a gate crasher.
Synopsis 3:
At a masquerade party at the Burns' home, George is about to evict unwanted party crashers who are later revealed as the guests of honor.

7.18 [227] Burns and Allen: GRACIE AND THE BULLFIGHTER
Film show no. 175
07Jan1957 CBS (repeated 05Aug1957)
Synopsis 1:
Ronnie takes up bullfighting as a hobby.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie convinces George that they, as parents, should show a greater interest in their son's hobbies. The situation gets a bit out of hand when Ronnie decides to take up bullfighting.

7.19 [228] Burns and Allen: THE UGLY DUCKLING
Film show no. 176
14Jan1957 CBS (repeated 12Aug1957)
Guest cast:
Bob Ellis....Ralph
Cynthia Baxter....Mildred
Jackie Loughery....Joyce
Don Orlando....Mario
Lyle Fox....Genie
Synops is 1:
Well-meaning Gracie helps transform a wallflower co-ed into a ravishing beauty to get her a date with son Ronnie. But it so happens that Ronnie already has a date! [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Gracie turns a wallflower coed into a beauty and gets her a date with Ronnie. But he has other plans.
Synopsis 3:
Gracie arranges a date for Ronnie with a co-ed who used to be unattractive.

7.20 [229] Burns and Allen: THE APTITUDE TEST
Film show no. 177
21Jan1957 CBS (repeated 19Aug1957)
Guest cast:
Dr. Craigmore....Hayden Rorke
Synopsis 1:
George takes an aptitude test to find his 'true' vocation.
Synopsis 2:
A surprised George Burns finds himself taking an aptitude test to determine what profession he should enter after madcap Gracie decides he just is not well suited to show business.
Synops is 3:Gracie decides George is not at all suited to show business. She sends him to a psychologist for an aptitude test to determine what career he should take up. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Ronnie takes an aptitude test. So, naturally, Gracie thinks George should have one too, on the assumption that he might have been happier as a farmer. An entertaining session, with Gracie getting the biggest laughs.

7.21 [230] Burns and Allen: GOING TO PALM SPRINGS
Film show no. 178
28Jan1957 CBS
Synopsis 1:
Gracie uses deceit to get a trip to Palm Springs.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie tries to coerce George into taking a weekend jaunt to Palm Springs, by plotting with a doctor to prescribe the trip for George's health. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Gracie is working on George for a Palm Springs vacation and Ronnie is begging his dad to stay home. The most effective moments come when Gracie spins in and out of George's office tryin g t o get him to change his mind. Saying "no" to Gracie only brings about more scenes with her, which makes this an amusing episode.

7.22 [231] Burns and Allen: THE MATRIMONIAL BUREAU
Film show no. 179
04Feb1957 CBS (repeated 02Sep1957)
Guest cast:
Carolyn Kearney......Joan
Roy Roberts.....Mr. Tucker
Nesdon Booth....the writer
Eleanor Audley....Mrs. Crowley
Synopsis:
Gracie decides it's time for Ronnie to marry.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie is concerned now that Ronnie is nearing the marriageable age, and rushes down to a matrimonial bureau. George has some explaining to do when the bureau sends out his picture instead of Ronnie's to a prospective mate. [JB]

7.23 [232] Burns and Allen: THE FORTUNE TELLER
Film show no. 180
11Feb1957 CBS (repeat ed 2 6Aug1957)
Guest cast:
Jean Willes....Madame Olga
Kay Stewart....waitress
Synopsis 1:
Gracie takes a fortune teller at her word when informed George is due for a financial windfall. She decides top go on a shopping spree, but George has to call a halt to things some time when Ronnie shows up with a new convertible. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Gracie, who believes whatever she is told, falls for a fortune teller's prediction of sudden wealth. She stages a one-woman buying spree which nearly sends George to the poorhouse. Not one of their better shows, but amusing.

7.24 [233] Burns and Allen: FIGHTING FOR HAPPINESS
Film show no. 181
18Feb1957 CBS (repeated 16Sep1957)
Guest cast:
Jody McCrea....Lew
Synopsis:
Gracie is upset when her marriage lacks conflict.
Synopsis 2:
The Burns' next door neighbors, the Mortons, have a fight, and after resolving their differences they find Gracie deliberately plotting a battle with George just for the joy of making up.
Synopsis 4:
When neighbors Harry and Blanche Morton appear happier than ever after patching up a fight, Gracie decides that the only way she and George can be happy is by having a fight too. [JB]
Synopsis 6:
In an attempt to keep her marriage happy, Gracie decides to provoke George into an argument. She figures reconciliation will make them happier than ever before, since it had that effect on their next-door neighbors, the Mortons. When nothing else seems to rile George, Gracie starts off the fireworks telling George that he has a terrible singing voice. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Gracie watches a young married couple fight and make up, then she gets the Mortons to do the same. Her problem is this: She can't get George mad enough to fight so that she can get a shot at the kissing part. First half is the most fun, as Gracie thinks of ways to cause trouble.
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7.25 [234] Burns and Allen: THE TERMITES
Film show no. 182
25Feb1957 CBS (repeated 09Sep1957)
Guest cast:
Robert Ellis....Ralph
Frank Wilcox....Mr. Rockford, the decorator
Synopsis:
Gracie resorts to an unusual ruse in an attempt to get husband George out of the house while she redecorates one of the rooms. She tells him their home is infested with termites. [JB]

7.26 [235] Burns and Allen: $15,000.00 ERROR
(aka "$15,000,000 Error")
Film show no. 183
04Mar1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Frank Wilcox....Mr. Rockford, the decorator
Synopsis:
Gracie's error could cost George a fortune.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie's error almost costs George $15,000.
Synopsis 3:
Gracie erroneously assumes that the cost of redecorating will necessitate mortgaging their home. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Graci e's interior decorator wants his check for the work he's done on her bedroom. She misunderstands the amount and tries to borrow a bundle.

7.27 [236] Burns and Allen: THE RING
Film show no. 184
11Mar1957 CBS (repeated 23Sep1957)
Guest cast:
Howard McNear....Mr. Jansen, the plumber
Kathy Marlowe....Kathy
Synopsis 1:
Gracie tries to help Ronnie's romance along by letting him give her engagement ring to his girl friend. Not wanting to tell husband George, Gracie makes up a story that she lost her diamond down the kitchen drainpipe. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
The Burns' kitchen is a scene of chaos when Gracie tells George that she's lost her engagement ring.
Newspaper review:
Gracie is in rare form. She gives her engagement ring to Ronnie, her son, then asks Blanche to help her think up a believable explanation for George. She also has fun bantering with a plumber. Enjoyab le session.

7.28 [237] Burns and Allen: THE PLUMBER'S FRIEND
Film show no. 185
18Mar1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Mary Livingstone......Herself
Howard McNear......Mr. Jansen
Yvonne Lime........Joy Jansen
Mary Ellen Kay....Joan Jansen
Jody Warner.......Jean Jansen
Darlene Albert....June Jansen
Synopsis 1:
In an attempt to remember a phone number for her friend Blanche, Gracie inadvertently involves Mary Livingstone in a phone conversation with Blanche. [JB]
Synopsis 2:
Ronnie gets in trouble when Gracie has her plumber's four daughters staying at their house.
Synopsis 3:
The Burns' friend, Mary Livingstone, becomes involved in one of Gracie's contrived situations.
Newspaper review:
Gracie learns how to remember telephone numbers by associating the number with familiar words or objects. Naturally, she gets a wrong number a nd ends up talking to Mary Livingstone. George has a good monologue on doling out money to Ronnie and Gracie. Up to par.

7.29 [238] Burns and Allen: GOING TO HOUSTON
Film show no. 186
25Mar1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Robert Easton.......Brian McAfee
Judi Meredith.....Bonnie Sue McAfee
Ralph Dumke......Mr. McAfee
Synopsis 1:
Gracie's scheme to keep one of Ronnie's USC classmates in school brings the gang to Houston.
Synopsis 2:
The Burns family lands in Houston, Tex., as a result of Gracie's plan to keep Ronnie's friend in college.
Synopsis 3:
In an attempt to convince the father of one of Ronnie's college friends that the boy should complete his college education, Gracie finds herself en route to Houston, Texas. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Ronnie has a school pal whose father has ordered him to return home. Gracie thinks she can change the father's mind and flies t o Houston to do so. The best lines belong to Gracie, particularly near the end when she describes Blanche Morton as a foreign language teacher.

7.30 [239] Burns and Allen: THE STRAY DOG
Film show no. 187
01Apr1957 CBS
Synopsis:
When she arrives in Houston, Gracie checks into an exclusive hotel which absolutely forbids pets of any kind. This does not deter Gracie from befriending a stray poodle. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Some pleasing moments with Gracie and a poodle. She's still in that Houston hotel which doesn't allow pets so, naturally, she comes up with an adorable poodle. Charming as ever.

7.31 [240] Burns and Allen: RONNIE GETS A MOVIE ROLE
Film show no. 188
08Apr1957 CBS
Synopsis 1:
Ronnie's hectic schedule disrupts the household.
Synopsis 2:
The Burns' household is disrupted as a result of R onnie's h ectic school schedule.
Synopsis 3:
Ronnie's part in the movie "Bernardine" requires him to be on the set early in the morning. Fearing that George will not approve of the interruptions in his son's college curriculum, Gracie attempts to keep Ronnie's movie work a secret.

7.32 [241] Burns and Allen: THE PLUMBER'S UNION
Film show no. 189
15Apr1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Howard McNear.....Mr. Jansen
Lois Collier.....Julie Ames
Jody Warner.....Jean Jansen
Mary Ellen Kay.....Joan Jansen
Darlene Albert.....June Jansen
Yvonne Lime.....Joy Jansen
Synopsis 1:
The plumber lets Gracie play Cupid for him.
Synopsis 2:
When the Burns' plumber, a widower with four grown daughters, announces that he's looking for a wife, Gracie volunteers to handle the details of placing an ad in the personal column. But a young and attractive girl answers the ad and it's evident Gracie has stretched the truth quite a bit! [TA/JB]
Newspaper review:
Gracie tries to find a wife for her new friend, the plumber, played by Howard McNear. The plumber is a pretty good foil for Gracie, making her lines seem even daffier. Gracie plants an ad for a wife in the paper, and you'll like her reasoning on the amount of truth found in the personal columns.

7.33 [242] Burns and Allen: HARRY RETURNS EARLY - aka - HARRY'S HOMECOMING
Film show no. 190
22Apr1957 CBS
Synopsis:
Gracie and Blanche have been complaining that their husbands have lost their romantic spark. George finally decides on a scheme to teach them a lesson, and persuades Harry to Pose as an amorous Frenchman to test Blanche. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Gracie and her neighbor, Blanche, feel their husbands aren't as romantic as they should be. To put George in the proper mood, Gracie cooks him a breakfast complete with candles and crepes suz ette. The first half is the funniest with Gracie as a seductive, half-crazy housewife.

7.34 [243] Burns and Allen: THE PUBLICITY ROMANCE
Film show no. 191
29Apr1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Kathy Marlowe....Kathy
Lita Milan....Maria Tornini
John Sorrentino....Carvo
Francis DeSales....Jim Denton
Synopsis 1:
A publicity-stunt romance causes trouble for Ronnie.
Synopsis 2:
Ronnie has a difficult time convincing his girl friend Kathy that the "romance" between him and a shapely starlet is only movie publicity. Gracie adds to the dilemma by having Harry von Zell pose as the starlet's Italian-born father. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Nicely balanced comedy show. Gracie is charming when she asks Ronnie to tell her about his big evening out with an Italian actress. Then George Burns has some wry observations in his monolog about the value of publicity agents. Harry Morton turns out to have a very fine "mast ery" of the Italian language.

7.35 [244] Burns and Allen: THE TEXAN LADY MacBETH
Film show no. 192
06May1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Judi Meredith....Bonnie Sue McAfee
Robert Easton.....Brian McAfee
Robert Ellis......Ralph
Synopsis 1:
A college friend of Ronnie's wants his sister out of show business.
Synopsis 2:
A classmate of Ronnie's prevails upon George and Gracie to help convince his star-struck, Hollywood-bound sister that show business is not for her.
Synopsis 3:
One of Ronnie's classmates is upset when his sister decides she wants a career in show business. He prevails on Gracie to convince the girl that life on the stage is not as glamorous as it would appear. [JB]

7.36 [245] Burns and Allen: RONNIE'S BOAT
Film show no. 193
13May1957 CBS
Synopsis 1:
Ronnie makes a down payment on a sleek 2 2 foot cruiser but runs into rough waters at home.
Synopsis 2:
George is really at sea when son Ronnie makes a down payment on an expensive boat. Gracie comes to Ronnie's rescue in a scheme to convince George that the boat is a necessity for their health. [JB]
Newspaper review:
Son Ronnie wants to buy a boat, if he can get his father's consent. Gracie holds a meeting with friend Blanche and Harry von Zell to dream up an idea to convince George that his son needs a boat. Thinks get pretty funny as Gracie attempts to use correct parliamentary procedure. Also an amusing routine at the end when Gracie tells about her cousin, "Boulder" Allen, engineer.

7.37 [246] Burns and Allen: A TRIP TO TAHITI
Film show no. 194
20May1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Robert Ellis.....Ralph
Yvonne Lime....Joy Jansen
Darlene Albert....June Jansen
Synopsis 1:
Ronnie and his pal, Ra lph, plan a b oat trip to Tahiti.
Synopsis 2:
Ronnie and his pal Ralph are all set for a sea cruise to Tahiti on Ronnie's new cruiser, on the condition that Gracie offer George an explanation after the boys have left. [JB]

7.38 [247] Burns and Allen: THE HOME GRADUATION
Film show no. 195
27May1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Frank Wilcox....Professor Clinton
Robert Easton.....Brian McAfee
Jack Benny.....Himself
Ralph Dumke....Mr. McAfee
Synopsis 1:
Gracie aids a college dropout whose father plans to attend his graduation.
Synopsis 2:
A classmate of Ronnie's is so impressed with Gracie's knack for getting people out of embarrassing situations that he brings his problem to her. After nine years, the collegian has flunked out again, and his wealthy Texas father is en route to be present at the boy's graduation. [JB]
Newspaper review:
More on Brian, the Texan who is friends with Ronnie Burns. Brian is flunking college, but his father is arriving to see him graduate. Gracie is asked to save the day. This has more appeal for youngsters than older fans.

7.39 [248] Burns and Allen: BLANCHE'S MOTHER ARRIVES
Film show no. 196
03Jun1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Jacqueline Beer.....Marie Bourdeau
Synopsis 1:
Blanche's mother (Bea Benaderet in a dual role) visits the Mortons.
Synopsis 2:
Since husband Harry is scheduled to make an out of town business trip, Blanche Morton seizes the opportunity to invite her mother for a visit. Knowing that Harry and his mother-in-law do not take kindly to each other, Gracie offers to help when Harry's business trip is suddenly canceled. [JB]

7.40 [249] Burns and Allen: A MARITAL MIX-UP
Film show no. 197
10Jun1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Ruth Emerson....Jean Willes
Synopsis 1:
Gracie again tries to make a match for the plumber.
Synopsis 2:
Gracie attempts to play cupid for her plumber Mr. Jantzen, and arranges to have him meet a woman friend. But the prospective bride mistakes Harry Von Zell for the prospective bridegroom! [JB]

7.41 [250] Burns and Allen: WADING POOL AT ACAPULCO
Film show no. 198
17Jun1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Robert Ellis.....Ralph
Fran Bennett.....Marilyn
Barbara Darrow.....Peggy
Synopsis 1:
Gracie wants George to go to Acapulco.
Synopsis 2:
Some jobs as lifeguards in Acapulco turn out to be less appealing than Ronnie and his friend Ralph expected. So they let George and Harry Von Zell pose as two applicants. [JB]

7.42 [2 51] Burns and Allen: A PAIN IN THE BACK
Film show no. 199
24Jun1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Robert Ellis.....Ralph
Kathy Marlowe.....Kathy
Tony Montenaro.....Bob Hall
Synopsis:
George feigns back problems to avoid a fishing trip; Ronnie and Ralph may go to a Calypso party.
Synopsis 2:
Both Gracie and Blanche are concerned that husbands George and Harry do not get along. The wives decide that the one remedy would be a camping trip. [JB]

7.43 [252] Burns and Allen: RONNIE'S TWENTY-ONE
(aka "Ronnie's 21")
(aka "Ronnie Turns 21---And His Girl Insists on a Wedding")
Film show no. 200
01Jul1957 CBS
Guest cast:
Jacqueline Beer.....Marie
Synopsis 1:
Gracie makes plans for Ronnie's 21st birthday.
Synopsis 2:
Synopsis 3:
At the prospect of his 21st birthday, Ronnie discovers that coming of age can be a problem. Especially when an attractive young girl does not hesitate to propose. De sperately Ronn ie considers a fast trip out of the country. [JB]
Newspaper review:
The teenagers will like this one. Ronnie's going to be 21 and a cute girl proposes to him. She's so tempting, he finds it hard to say no. Gracie rises to the occasion and reveals herself as the right kind of mother to have.

-------SUMMER RERUNS (08July1957 - 23Sep1957)---------
08July1957 - repeat from 12Nov1956 ("The Missing Stamp")
15July1957 - repeat from 08Oct1956 ("The Shakespeare Paper")
22July1957 - repeat from 26Nov19 56 ("Von Zell's Raises")
29July1957 - repeat from 22Oct1956 ("The Interview")
05Aug1957 - repeat from 07Jan1957 ("Gracie and the Bullfighter")
12Aug1957 - repeat from 14Jan1957 ("The Ugly Duckling")
19Aug1957 - repeat from 21Jan1957 ("The Aptitude Test")
26Aug1957 - repeat from 11Feb1957 ("The Fortune Teller")
02Sep1957 - repeat from 04Feb1957 ("The Matrimonial Bureau")
09Sep1957 - repeat from 25Feb1957 ("The Termites")
16Sep1957 - repeat from 18Feb1957 ("Fighting for Happiness")
23Sep1957 - repeat from 11Mar1957 ("The Ring")

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