Your Hat (1932)

“My brother plays a good game of London bridge.” – Gracie

“Your brother plays London bridge.” – Hat Salesman

“Yes.” – Gracie

“Well, sometime when I’m busy, have him come over and I won’t play with him.” – Hat Salesman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A women enters a hat shop trying to buy a hat for her boyfriend.

My Take on it – I have heard about the amazing chemistry between George Burns and Gracie Allen for decades, yet never had any opportunity to see their act together.

This short ten minute film is the perfect way for me to get initiated into their brand of comedy.

It may not be very long, but it is non-stop laughs and doesn’t let up for a second along the way.

The give and take between the two of them is superbly done here and that helps keep things so enjoyable throughout.

The way that this story plays out is great and the rapid fire way that they deliver their lines while also doing physical comedy along the way is so much fun to watch.

It is a bit strange seeing a George Burns 30+ years younger than I’ve been used to, but there is no way of not recognizing him as the jokes keep churning out one after another.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The joke about the bird that flies upside-down was derived from a routine originated by Fred Allen called “the bird that flies backwards.” George Burns had been using Allen’s version of the joke in his stand-up act, and Allen was not happy when he caught wind of it, so Burns consulted writer John P. Medbury who came up with a slightly different variation of the gag on the spot. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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