Tag Archive | Burns and Allen

Monday works roundup, 10/5

Leif & Thorn
Volume 3 Cast Banner (art | Leif/Thorn, Bram, Cedar, Hedge/Grassie, Future Thorn, Violet | worksafe)
Bi, And (wallpaper | ensemble | worksafe)
Embassy Gems – Hedge and Grassie (art | Hedge/Grassie | worksafe)
Baby Ivy Family Portrait (art | Ivy, parents | worksafe)
Starry Night Masquerade (art | Delphinium/Stanczia | worksafe)

Burns & Allen
Gracie Catraz (art | Gracie, Meredith Wilson | worksafe)

Cuddly SakuKomo (sketch | Sakusa/Komori | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Heartswords – Utena and Anthy (art | Anthy, Utena, Chuchu | worksafe)

Stand Still Stay Silent/Leif & Thorn
Sigrun-Sigrún Uniform Swap (art | SSSS!Captain Sigrun, L&T!Captain Sigrun | worksafe)

Cat video starring Marshmallow Fluff which doubles as a Leif & Thorn video trailer
Underwater Mage (art, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Ragnild and Iona read some troubling news about a favorite author, and set out to get some explanation.

Turns out there’s a whole published series of Old Hollywood mystery RPF

It’s the Celebrity Sleuths Mystery Series, by George Baxt — 13 books, published between 1984 and 1997, with creative titles like The Greta Garbo Murder Case or The Fred Astaire And Ginger Rogers Murder Case.

Going by online summaries, it looks like they all have the basic formula of “somebody gets murdered, and a star-studded lineup of Golden Age celebrities, led by the one name-checked in the title, needs to solve it.”

Celebrity Murder books

I noted the pattern while shelving people’s returns at the library, but didn’t feel compelled to pull any of them and read further.

And then I saw The Gracie Allen Murder Case, and snapped it up to check out as soon as my shift was over.

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Burns & Allen Transcript: Kill the Rat (1947-03-13)

George and GracieThe year is 1947, and Gracie Allen is still way too into The Tall Man, starring Rudy and Trudy — a charmingly deadpan parody of The Thin Man‘s Nick and Nora.

In this direct sequel to Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving, Gracie believes there’s a hit out on George…and tracks down the real Rudy and Trudy for help. Because actors are always just like the caricatured versions of themselves they play on-air, right?

Download the episode here, or listen on YouTube, and read the full transcript below.

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Burns & Allen Transcript: Gracie Takes Up Crime Solving (1947-03-06)

Gracie and GeorgeThe year is 1947. The Adventures of the Thin Man is a major hit on the radio; Stepin Fetchit is still a household name, though the actor has backed away from his movie career out of frustration with the racism in the industry; and Gracie Allen is thinking about changing genres.

As a devoted fan of The Tall Man, our heroine ventures down into “the underworld” — posing as hardened criminal Gracie Catraz. She’s accompanied by Meredith Wilson (a guy so modest, he once accidentally bumped into a woman and thought “the honorable thing to do” was to marry her), doing his best to be her “moll.”

In a rare case of continuity, this adventure gets a sequel in next week’s episode, Kill The Rat.

Download the episode here, or listen on YouTube, and read the transcript below.

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Burns & Allen Transcript: Kleptomaniacs (1948-10-07)

The year is 1948. Ballpoint pens are invented but not common, because they cost the modern equivalent of $170 each; “How” being mistaken for “Indian language” is, unfortunately, still considered witty; and Gracie is trying to do something special for George’s birthday.

This is one of my favorite episodes when it comes to the George/Gracie relationship. For once George gets the wrong end of the stick; Gracie gets it too, but a different wrong end (it’s a complicated stick); they both end up thinking the other one is in danger, and are immediately ready to go to the mat for each other.

Download the episode here, watch on YouTube here, or read the transcript below.

George and Gracie

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