Posts Tagged ‘Rudy Vallee’
International House is among the first films for Burns and Allen. As often was the case, the pair did not play a married couple. In fact they did not play a married couple regularly until some time during their radio show.
This film is available completely online and will be posted in 7 parts over the next week. Enjoy!
A delightful potpourri of 1930s film icons (led by W.C. Fields) parade through this offbeat movie involving an early television broadcast in an opulent Asian hotel. George Burns and Gracie Allen are perfect comic foils for Fields, and Cab Calloway sings the memorable “Reefer Man” in one the picture’s many highlights. Other stars include Bela Lugosi, Sterling Holloway, Rudy Vallee and Baby Rose Marie.
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.