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On their way up, George and Gracie were recognized by other talents in the business who helped to give their careers a boost. One such notice came from Guy Lombardo, a famous band leader of the era.
Burns & Allen joined The Guy Lombardo Show in 1932 and became a regular comedy act on the show. By 1934, their antics had come to dominate the program and became the main reason that people listened, and so the show was re-titled The Adventures of Gracie.
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.