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Here Gracie Allen appears with CBS founder William Paley (left) and motion picture producer Sam Goldwyn of MGM Studios.
With George as the straight guy as well as the fall guy combined with Gracie’s dizzy characterizations the duo moved to the top of their craft in radio.
Gracie’s Missing Brother Gag
The following is an excerpt from “Gracie: A Love Story” by George Burns…
The gimmick that really made us major radio stars was the search for Gracie’s mythical brother in 1933. We’d been using Gracie’s mythical brother as a character in our act for years. It was Gracie’s brother who invented a way to manufacture pennies for only three cents. It was Gracie’s brother who marketed an umbrella with holes in it so you’d be able to see when the rain stopped. It was Gracie’s brother who first printed a newspaper on cellophane so that he could read it in a restaurant and still keep an eye on his hat and coat. And it was Gracie’s brother who broke his leg falling off an ironing board while pressing his pants. Actually, as we discovered, Gracie’s brother had been missing for years, but no one had noticed it because he’d left a dummy in his place.