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George Burns - The TV Specials Collection
George Burns - The TV Specials Collection
Actors: George Burns, Roy Acuff, Larry Gatlin, Loretta Lynn, Minnie Pearl
Directors: Bill Hobin, Stan Harris
Genres: Comedy, Television
NR     2006     7hr 30min

George Burns was a legendary comedian and actor and arguably the greatest straight man of the 20th century. He started his career in vaudeville, and later made a successful transition to film, radio and television, when he...  more »


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Actors: George Burns, Roy Acuff, Larry Gatlin, Loretta Lynn, Minnie Pearl
Directors: Bill Hobin, Stan Harris
Creators: Bernard Rothman, Irving Fein, Jack Wohl, Elon Packard, Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs
Genres: Comedy, Television
Sub-Genres: Walter Matthau, Comedy
Studio: Standing Room Only
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/31/2006
Original Release Date: 12/01/1976
Theatrical Release Date: 12/01/1976
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 7hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

George Burns-The Original Sunshine Boy
Robert A. Howe | California | 10/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As someone who was not only a friend of George for over seventeen years, but also had the opportunity to work for him on several occasions, and attended the tapings of most of the specials in this collection, I can tell you, you're in for a real treat! George never made any bones that it wasn't until he teamed up with his Beloved Gracie, that he had any kind of success in show business.
But, the truth is, George did all of the writing in the early years and supervised all of the writing during the years of the Burns & Allen TV show.
The shows in this collection, show that, even in his eighties and ninties,
George's timing was as sharp as ever. The trademark cigar puncuating ever joke or story and that sweet impish smile that made you feel warm all over. Along with Bob Hope, Ann Margret, Bernadette Peters, Walter Matthau and many more, make this a history of show business that no longer exists.

My personal favorites are the Christmas Special and the Sex Symbols special. George is in fine form singing with his old vaudeville partner Billy Lorraine and dancing in a line with his "Old Girlfriends".

Sit back, pour yourself a martini, fire up that El Producto and watch a master at work.

Say Hello George!

Robert Howe
Old School Elegance
Volunteer of America | Austin, Texas | 09/27/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"George Burns is truly a class act. I love his subtle humor and terrific sense of timing. He comes across as a warm, witty human being and it's very easy to see why he had so many friends and fans; including, in this very comprehensive collection, Ronald Reagan and Billy Graham. This DVD set is a wonderful compendium of his later work, and makes a great addition to his Gracie Allen pieces. It's the golden age of network tv variety shows, last of its kind. Sure the humor is lightweight and low key, innuendo as opposed to obscenity; well, what's wrong with a kinder, gentler time? Watch, for example, his interplay with Madeline Kahn in the "girlfriend Rover" piece; the pacing and mood couldn't be more professional and amusing. Proof that talent and a great attitude will inevitably take you to the top."
If only wine aged this well!
TaxiDrivin' Daddy | Iowa City | 05/31/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In comedy, TIMING IS EVERYTHING. Subject knowledge comes in a close second.
George Burns' decades of entertainment experience allowed him to master both both aspects of comedy. Whether working alone or with a partner (Gracie Allen, Walter Matthau, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Fred Astaire, Brooke Shields, etc...) George often slipped bits of wisdom in with his punch lines. Sometimes those were the punch lines. I could say he was at his best with this collection of TV Specials, but the truth is he was at his best each decade since he partnered with Gracie in 1923. We can only be thankful George continued working after Gracie's passing in 1964. The show did go on, and these shows can be enjoyed many, many times - good jokes, no matter how old, never get stale."
These specials are well worth the money for any one who love
James E. Suman | Pittsburgh Pa | 12/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The specials are well worth the money. I stumbles upon this collection by accident. If you love George Burns, classic comedy, and who's who of Showbiz and little seventies cheese, you're gonna love this collection. I just wish they would have included his 95th birthday special as well. But this set is excellent.