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Neighbor Blanche Morton frequently joined Gracie in escapades which annoy hubby Harry and provides George with an opportunity to offer a humorous soliloquy.
There are conflicting stories regarding Fred Clark's departure from the show. On-screen, George Burns explained that Clark had taken a role in a play and was unable to juggle both jobs. In "Say Goodnight, Gracie! The Story of George Burns and Gracie Allen", the authors stated that his wife, singer Benay Venuta resided in New York City, and the strain of commuting from Hollywood on weekends to be with her proved to be overwhelming. In his third autobiography, Burns wrote that Clark was contractually obligated for one additional season, but demanded an additional five hundred dollars a week (which would have been more than Burns was making), so he was let out of his contract.
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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