Fit to Be Tied (1930)

“I have brains I haven’t even used yet.” – Miss Allen, a Salesgirl

“Well leave em alone, don’t bother.” – A Tie Customer

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A man tries to buy a tie in a department store to no avail.

My Take on it – Another hilarious short film by George Burns and Gracie Allen.

Their chemistry once again shines through and that helps make things so enjoyable to watch unfold.

The story is a simple one, yet the y manage to find a way to keep the viewer fascinated for 10 minutes as the back and forth between them just flies off their lips the whole way through.

The frustration that the tie customer has while in the department store feels so universal and timeless that it seems as if this scenario could happen now and still be believable.

The dialogue is witty and superb and is on a very high level which requires someone to really pay attention to everything said and done along the way.

This short has numerous throw away lines that work so perfectly in expressing everything that they wish to show here.

The way that the customer is passed along from salesperson to salesperson is done really well and works in a very fluid manner especially given the fact that the customer keeps honestly believing that he has now found the right salesperson to help him with his purchase and is constantly disappointed, yet never gives up.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on the success of this film, Burns & Allen went on to make four shorts a year for Paramount. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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