The Babbling Book (1932)

“I’ll bet that you have a lot of sisters and brothers.” – George

“I have a lot of sisters and brothers. How’d you guess?”- Gracie

“Well, I figure anybody that makes one mistake, makes a whole lot of mistakes.” – George

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A man walks into a book shop and has a very strange exchange with the saleswoman.

My Take on it – After recently watching Your Hat (1932) starring George Burns and Gracie Allen, I decided to try and seek out more of their work together and came across this film.

The comic timing of the two of them is prefect in this film and the way that they both carry on this conversation for nearly 10 minutes is great.

The back and forth between them can be dizzying at certain points but overall, it is a perfect example of how a comedy skit can work so well and they were truly experts at ding this..

The way that they mix together literature with humor is so effective here and there is no doubt about the influence that they both had on future generations of comedians who have tried so hard to match what they were able to do here and in other works over the years.

The two of the have such amazing chemistry and the way that the dialogue just flows between them the entire time and it’s such a pleasure watching the way that they do this because it looks so simple, even though it obviously isn’t simple at all to make something like this work so well.


Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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