At the barber shop, George has trouble with a hair tonic salesman and an eccentric customer; then he finds that Gracie is his manicurist.



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Barbershop Customer (as Burns)
Grace, the Manicurist (as Allen)


In the barbershop, a costumer contends with a barber hard-selling hair tonic, an obnoxious customer with a theory about World War I, and a dizzy manicurist (Grace) who engages him in typically crazy conversation. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Short





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23 May 1931 (USA)  »

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1.20 : 1
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Burns and Allen are Once Over, Light
6 July 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

George is at the barbershop where his cutter has trouble convincing him to buy hair tonic. George asks his barber if he has ever had it. "For ten years" is the reply which bothers George since the barber is bald! He also owns the tonic since his name is on it! George then encounters another customer who asks what he thinks of war. George says, "Well, it seems like a nice day for it." The other customer then cuts George's tie representing various European countries that fought in WWI (or The Great War as it was then called) saving Belgium for the very end. George ends this by ripping up the other man's shirt! Manicurist Gracie encounters an old girlfriend asking what happened to her old fiancée. Before the old girlfriend could completely answer, Gracie mentions how the fiancée had been fooling around behind her back-and was with Gracie the day before. "I married him!", answers the old girlfriend. George then encounters Gracie when she asks, "Pointy or roundy?" This leads to a series of nonsense questions like-George: "A man enters a restaurant ordering a tomato, spinach, and ice cream. How do I know he's a soldier?" Gracie: "Because he was wearing a uniform." or Gracie: "What's the difference between a pickle and an umbrella?" George: "I give up." Gracie: "Then I give up too!" As the short ends, Gracie talks about her sister who just had a baby and how the baby goes,"Googie, Googie" when it looks at it's aunt as George gets visibly bored. Googie, as Burns and Allen fans know, is George's nickname for Gracie. Once again, Burns and Allen are at their most amusing doing routines that have survived the test of time. Once Over, Light is most highly recommended!

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