The bulk of the filmed episodes were shot over the course of a day with two cameras. Episodes were then edited and screened for a preview audience, and audio of the crowd's reaction was recorded to give an organic reaction to each joke rather than "canned laughter". At the end of each preview screening, George and Gracie would come out and film their "Say goodnight, Gracie" closing tag scene live in front of the audience.
Say "Good night," Gracie.
Gracie Allen: Good night.
When the show transitioned from live broadcasts to film in the third season, George Burns found himself footing the bill and decided to drop the "Love Nest" theme which had been utilized in both the original radio series and the first two seasons of the show to avoid paying royalties. During the third season a stock music "theme" from the Mutel music library was utilized; for the fourth season Alexander Laszlo's "Two-a-Day" was used. "Love Nest" returned in the fifth season and replaced the other two themes for syndicated reruns.
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