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James C. Morton
After a wild bachelor party, our hero finds himself aboard a sailing vessel where he encounters numerous adventures. In a dream sequence, he fantasizes that the ship is seized by a band of female pirates.
George and Gracie enter an elegant drawing room, looking everywhere for something. Turns out, they're looking for the audience, and when George spots the camera, they start in on their patter. Gracie wants to convince George that she's smart, not dizzy - it's an uphill struggle of which she's blissfully unaware. Midway through, they break into song: "Do You Believe Me?" It includes a little bit of hoofing as the chatting continues. They end on a story Gracie whispers into George's ear.Written by
Vitaphone produced this first film of Vaudville team George Burns and Gracie Allen even before the stock market crash. It is a short subject, about the length of a one reel-er at just over 10 minutes.
Some things to note, Gracie has dark black hair here. She is just getting started at doing the punchlines for all the jokes. Her timing is coming along, and George's is still coming along too. George had a harder job, learning to be a straight man after being a comedian. Up until the 1960's when Gracie died, he would get better and better at it.
This debut does not have the quality of jokes the team would have later, but there are enough good ones to make it worth watching. Gracie even warns George about what was to come. It is a fitting item for a team that delivered many laughs for over 30 years after this start.
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