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28 August: Gracie says her saddest goodnight

Although they had equal billing, this married couple headlined a show that was wholly dependent on the skewed behavior of one of its stars, Gracie Allen. It took a big man, George Burns, to recognize that his wife was the laugh-getter, and to yield to her as the quintessential straight-man.

Jim Cox, in American Radio Networks: A History (2009).

 

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I know a guy who didn’t like acting: Old-time radio listening, 25 September

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: Keeping Regular Office Hours (NBC, 1949)

The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show: The Courtship of Elliott Lewis (NBC, 1953)

Elliott Lewis, in 1948, as his Remley is becoming a comic icon despite his discomfort with acting . . . (Photo: NBC)

Nicknamed “Mr. Radio” because of his versatility and practically daily employment as an actor, director, producer, and writer, Elliott Lewis’s heart is deeper in directing, writing, and producing, than it’s ever been in acting. “I never enjoyed acting,” he’ll say many years later. “I was able to do it, because it’s a trick, and it’s a trick that somehow I knew how to do, without any training.”

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