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Special Guests Are George Burns & Gracie Allen (Aired January 15, 1947)
Jack Carson, because of his size — 6 ft 2 in (1.9 m) and 220 lb (100 kg), had his first stage appearance as Hercules in a college production. During a performance, he tripped and took half the set with him. A college friend, Dave Willock, thought it was so funny he persuaded Carson to team with him in a vaudeville act—Willock and Carson—and a new career began. This piece of unplanned business would be typical of the sorts of things that tended to happen to Carson during some of his film roles. During the 1930s, as vaudeville went into decline owing to increased competition from radio and the movies, Willock and Carson sought work in Hollywood, initially landing bit roles at RKO. The radio also proved to be a source of employment for the team following a 1938 appearance on the Kraft Music Hall during Bing Crosby's period as program host. THIS EPISODE: January 15, 1947. "Special Guests Are George Burns & Gracie Allen" - CBS network. Sponsored by: Campbell's Soup, Franco-American Spaghetti. Jack wants to get a movie role. George and Gracie show up to audition for the same part. Jack Carson, Arthur Treacher, Freddy Martin and His Orchestra, Dave Willock, Del Sharbutt (announcer), Norma Jean Nilsson, Irene Ryan, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Stuart Wade (vocal). 29:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.
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