George Burns was an American actor, singer, comedian, and writer who rose to fame with the ‘Burns and Allen show’ on radio, in 1929. He hosted the show with Gracie Allen, whom he married later. The couple’s popularity on radio got them a TV show titled ‘The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show’ (1950), which became one of the most popular TV shows of all time.
He also appeared in several films, such as ‘International House’ (1933), ‘A Damsel in Distress’ (1937) and ‘College Swing’ (1938).
He took a break from acting due to heart problems but made a comeback with films like ‘The Sunshine Boys’ (1975), ‘Oh, God!’ (1977), ‘Just You and Me, Kid’ (1979) and ‘18 Again!’ (1988).
He won an ‘Academy Award’ for his performance in ‘The Sunshine Boys.’ His last appearance came in the 1994 film ‘Radioland Murders.’
Joe, Willie and Albert are three lifelong friends, who get swindled out of their pension money by a bank. Since they need to pay their bills, and also care for their loved ones, they embark on a daring heist, to teach the bank a lesson.
Lewis and Clark were both famous comedians at a time during the vaudeville era. However, off-stage they immensely dislike each other. Although they have not spoken to one another for around twenty years, they are forced to put their differences aside and work together, when a producer wants a reunion of the duo for a TV special.
When Chinese inventor Dr. Wong invites bids for his latest creation, a television-like device, both potential buyers and stealers gather in the metropolitan hotel, International House, in Wuhu, China. One of them, Tommy Nash, the representative of an American electric company, also wants to marry his sweetheart Carol, but after he develops rashes, the whole hotel is quarantined.
Bing Crosby is a singer who is not very serious about his career. He starts having an affair as well, with a woman Mona, which leads to him losing his job. Things get worse after Mona starts cheating on him. He soon meets Texas oil man Leslie McWhinney, who has also been wronged by a woman. He decides to buy the station so that Bill can get his job back.
Shortly after registering at the Jefferson Hotel, George meets a woman named Gracie at the cigar counter.
The Antique Shop is a comedy short film which revolves around a man named George, who wants to buy a statue. However, the only thing in his way is an obnoxious sales clerk.
Oh, God is a fantasy comedy film which tells the story of Jerry Landers, a hard working assistant manager working at a supermarket, who lives an uneventful life with his wife Bobbie Landers and their two kids. His life takes a turn when God Almighty appears in his life as a good natured old man. He decides to make Jerry his messenger for the modern world.
Lambchops is a comedy film which tells the story of George and Gracie, who are bringing their vaudeville act to the big screen. Meanwhile, Gracie wants to prove to George that she is smart.
Honolulu is a musical comedy film which revolves around Brooks Mason, a well-known movie star, who meets a businessman named George Smith. He discovers that Smith is his doppelganger, and looks exactly like him. Tired of his celebrity life, he decides to switch places with Smith for some time. However, after stepping into Smith’s life, he finds himself in a complicated situation, stuck between Smith’s fiancée, and a dancer named Dorothy.
Gracie belonging to the powerful Alden family fails to graduate from the college founded by her grandfather for the ninth year in a row. Therefore, he leaves it in his will that the first female of the family to graduate within 200 years will be the new owner of the college.
Retired vaudevillian, Bill, lives alone missing his deceased wife. After a trip to a grocery store, he finds a girl named Kate hiding in the trunk of his car. He helps her and later finds out Kate is hiding from drug dealer Demesta. Feeling protective of her like a father, he decides to help her.
Here Comes Cookie is a comedy film which tells the story of Harrison Allen, a millionaire, who does not want his daughter Phyllis to marry Ramon, as he believes Ramon is only after their money. Therefore, he decides to sign over all his fortune temporarily to his other daughter Grace, who calls herself ‘Cookie’. While he takes a vacation and goes back to his hometown, Gracie begins to destroy her father’s fortune.
Wealthy and spoiled socialite Doris Worthington is being courted by two princes Michael and Alexander, while having a yacht trip. When the yacht capsizes all of the rich spoiled aristocrats take refuge in a tropical island. They are forced to depend on sailor Stephen Jones who Doris dislikes but secretly loves.
This pre-Code musical comedy is based on a story by Dean Fales. Trouble brews when a popular coed gets into calf love with a singing drama teacher.
Love in Bloom is a musical romantic comedy film which tells the story of a young girl who runs away from her family to make it in New York City. She soon gets involved with a handsome songwriter, and starts to develop feelings for him.
Fit to be Tied is a comedy short film which revolves around George, who wants to purchase a tie in a store. However, he gets frustrated because the staff would rather sell him other things that he has no use for.
The Big Broadcast of 1937 is a musical comedy film which revolves around a failing radio station which needs to put on a ratings winner in order to have any chance of continued operation.
College Holiday is a musical comedy film which revolves around a woman hotelier who invites few young men to spend the summer. However, the men are not aware of the fact that they have been chosen to be guinea pigs in an eugenics experiment.
This comedy film tells us the story of Spud Miller who tries to save his struggling radio station by winning a broadcast competition.
This musical adventure comedy film tells the story of Sergeant Pepper’s famed musical group, which used to provide music to weary soldiers during the First World War. Ever since then, he and his band has been spreading the message of joy, love and peace to the world. After he passes away, it is up to Billy Shears, his grandson, to carry on the group’s tradition.
George Burns Awards
|The Sunshine Boys||Best Actor in a Supporting Role||1976|
|The Sunshine Boys||Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical||1976|
|A Conversation with...||Outstanding Performance in Informational Programming||1990|
|Winner||Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording||1991|