Startime: George Burns in the Big Time (1959)

 (23)
6.851min2007ALL
Season 1, Episode 7 - Musical variety episode featuring comedians and performers George Burns, Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor, and George Jessel reliving their early days in vaudeville.
Directors
Dick Darley
Starring
George BurnsJack Benny
Genres
ComedyDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
Rentals include 30 days to start watching this video and 48 hours to finish once started.
Add to Watchlist
Add to
Watchlist
By ordering or viewing, you agree to our Terms. Sold by Amazon.com Services LLC.
Write review

More details

Studio
Synergy Ent
Purchase rights
Stream instantly Details
Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

23 global ratings

  1. 38% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 21% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 20% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 0% of reviews have 1 stars
Write a customer review
Sorted by:

Top reviews from the United States

Obscured for Security ReasonsReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good Show
Verified purchase
I am amazed at the talent that George and others on the show exhibited. They didn't have all the video and audio capabilities that we have today. It's really great to see "unenhanced", raw talent being displayed by dance and vocal performers. I mean, come on! When have you last seen someone spread salt on the floor so you could hear them slide their feet to the music. It was probably all done with a real live orchestra, too!
One person found this helpful
Christopher J. ClayReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cantor's Finale
Verified purchase
This variety show, broadcast in November of 1959, was the final "entertainment" appearance of Eddie Cantor. (He narrated a television show a few months later and continued to do pre-recorded radio for the next few years, though the shows were recorded at his home). Cantor appears with old pals Burns, Benny and the omni-present Jessel. Mr. Cantor was deep in the agony of grief at this point, having lost his eldest daughter to cancer just a few months earlier. His own health was deteriorating rapidly, evidenced by his gaunt appearance and slow speech. Nonetheless, Eddie summoned the energy for a brief reprisal of a bit he had done with Jessel in vaudeville thirty years earlier and held his own nicely in an extended dressing room sketch with all four gents late in the show.
3 people found this helpful
LouellaReviewed in the United States on September 2, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
They don't make 'em like this anymore
Verified purchase
They don't make 'em like this anymore. In real life Jack and George were best friends and lived about 3 blocks from each other. Was also fun seeing a very young Bobby Darin. Loved watching all of it.
One person found this helpful
Charles van BurenReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Old time vaudeville
Verified purchase
The picture quality of the Synergy release which I streamed via Amazon Prime is not very good. Fortunately this episode of Ford Television Theatre, revving vaudeville for tv in 1959, is very good despite the picture quality. It was fun watching old friends George Burns, Jack Benny, Eddie Cantor and George Jessel getting together for old vaudeville acts.
One person found this helpful
Fester BestertesterReviewed in the United States on July 30, 2015
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unfortunately the picture quality of this recording is terrible and I was unable to
Verified purchase
I'm a fan of both George Burns and Eddie Cantor. Unfortunately the picture quality of this recording is terrible and I was unable to watch it. (I suppose I could have listened to it and pretended it was radio but for that I have....a radio.) I was enjoying the show and all but the blurry faces and lousy quality drove me away. If that doesn't bother you and you enjoy these old time comedians you still may like it.
One person found this helpful
Catherine T. BurnesReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
George Burns in his Prime
Verified purchase
Anyone who grew up watching George and Gracie on black & white TV in the 1950s will enjoy this nostalgic trip back in time. The humor is gentle and unthreatening, the plots are sweet, and George's sardonic attitude is very funny. An enjoyable escape.
One person found this helpful
Jennifer H.Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Kingston Trio was pretty sweet too
Verified purchase
I never knew George was ever a young guy :). The Kingston Trio was pretty sweet too. good show.
One person found this helpful
Suzie-QReviewed in the United States on July 31, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable!
Verified purchase
My Husband enjoys these types of programs.
One person found this helpful
See all reviews