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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1940!
In 1934, Burns & Allen began on the radio.  By 1940, Burns & Allen were a constant topic of conversation as their radio antics became a staple in most American households.

Main Characters:

  • George Burns
  • Gracie Allen

Show Concept:

  • Vaudevillian humor and antics between the husband and wife team and their guest stars
  • Notable episodes include:
    • Leaving for America
    • Hats Off to Gracie
    • All Promises are Fictitious

Hosts or Guests:

  • Milton Watson was the announcer in 1934
  • Tony Martin was the announcer in 1935
  • Frank Parker was the announcer in 1936
  • Senor Lee was the announcer in 1937-1940
  • Bill Goodwin was the announcer in 1941 and 1944
  • Mel Blanc was the announcer in 1942
  • Gale Gordon was the announcer in 1943
  • Henry King's Orchestra (1935)
  • Ray Noble's Orchestra (1936, 1937)
  • Dan Garber's Orchestra (1936)
  • Jan Gray's Orchestra (1936)
  • Artie Shaw's Orchestra (1937)
  • Paul Whiteman's Orchestra (1938)
  • Felix Mill's Orchestra (1938-1940)
  • Meredith Wilson's Orchestra (1941)
  • Harry Lubin's Orchestra (1944)

Writers or Producers:

  • unknown

Sponsors:

  • White Owl Cigars (The General Cigar Company) (1934)
  • Campbell's Soup (1935)
  • Grape Nuts (1935)
  • Chesterfield Cigarettes (1936)
  • Hines Honey and Almond Cream (1936)
  • Hormel's Spam (1937)
  • Lever Brother's Swan Soap (1938-1940)
  • Maxwell House Coffee (1941-1944)
  • Amident Toothpaste (1944)

Networks or stations:

  • CBS - 1934-1935, 1936, 1938-1940, 1944
  • NBC - 1935-1936, 1937, 1941-1943

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered 1934


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