George Burns, seeking a tie, is frustrated by department store staff.



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A Tie Customer (as Burns)


George wants to buy a tie in a department store, but the staff would rather sell him anything else. Then counter girl Gracie almost drives him crazy. She sings "I'm a Whole Lot Wilder." Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Short





Release Date:

2 August 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Based on the success of this film, Burns & Allen went on to make four shorts a year for Paramount. See more »


I'm a Whole Lot Wilder Than I Look
Sung by Gracie Allen
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28 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Comedy legends Burns&Allen made their screen debuts in this 10 minute short subject Fit To Be Tied. It concerns poor George Burns who mistakes an insane asylum for a haberdashery simply because they are advertising men's clothes for sale. It's also one of the few times he actually gets more screen time than Gracie.

Burns walks into a haberdashery and goes up to June Clayworth and says he wants to purchase a tie. She just keeps jabbering on the with gossip and absolutely resents the intrusion. Than manager William Browning inquires if he can be of assistance. Burns says yes and Browning asks him if he wants a tie just like the one he has on. When Burns says yes, Browning cuts off the bottom and says he'll try to find a matching pattern.

By this time I'd be walking out of the joint, but George goes to a second saleswoman and it's Gracie. After that it's their usual patter of nonsense as George makes his first screen trip to Gracieland.

For fans like me who think Gracie Allen was the funniest woman God ever put on the planet.

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