Burns and Allen – Gracie Appears In Traffic Court. . 430601

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George and Gracie are fun in so many ways;
Let’s list them, as we review this comedy play.

George and Gracie discuss

  • hunger,
  • food,
    • as fuel,
    • as coal,
  • bodies,
    • as stoves,
    • as a furnace,
  • and appetites untold,

George and Gracie link it all to war time effort to support soldiers.
The Happy Postman pops in with the mail, and shares the secret of his health.

  • glorious,
  • leaping corpuscles,
  • virile,
  • strong,
  • healthy,
  • as an animal throng,
  • gay,
  • free wheeling,
  • industrious, such a
  • bright eyed song,

No wonder he always says, “Keep smiling.”
The mail has a request for George to appear in traffic court, but after closer examination, it’s actually a ticket for Gracie. She just happened to sign George’s name to it. No matter what the problem, Bill Goodwin is always ready to claim the sponsor product will cure it.
Where did Gracie file that ticket?

  • T for ticket? No, that’s too easy to abide.
  • P, for purse? pocketbook? Part cowhide
  • B for blue? A marriage license? Such a bargain!
  • W for Tuesday? Did it happen again?

How will Herman the duck feel about the possibility that George might go to jail? Gracie won’t let George go to the big house, and heads out to get the best lawyer she can find.
She interviews Lawyer, Mel Blanc, as Mr Beck, to see if he’s qualified.
Is he a

  • criminal lawyer,
  • corporate lawyer,
  • or a plain shyster?
  • I’m not doing so well in list rhyming verse.

Education:

  • Yale,
  • Princeton,
  • and Harvard.

Is the crime:

  • Murder,
  • blackmail,
  • something worse?

Will the case be important enough for Mr Beck?Several interviews later, Gracie is scraping the bottom of the barrel. She’s reduced to hiring a Shakespearean actor to play the part of a lawyer.
In the court room, Bill Goodwin does his part… if pitching the sponsor to the judge is doing his part… to help George. Will George be able to appeal to the judge to consider his marital woes as an valid defense? He nearly has it in the bag, when Gracie shows up to… um.. bail him out of trouble? Comedy explodes, but what about the ticket? Which way will the judge decide?
Note: Additional voices are Hans Conreid, and Joseph Kearns.

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