Gracie Allen

  1. Spring Byington, Hotel Haywire, 1936.     Burns and Allen quit Paramount one movie too early… Preston Sturgess wrote his 14th script for the married comedy team. Charles Ruggles and Mary Boland were first suggested to inherit the silly couple, each thinking the other had a lover and seeking aid from Leo Carillo’s quack shrink, Dr Zodiac Z Zipe (aimed at Groucho?). Lynne Overman and Byington succeeded them – sounding exactly like them. If you’re a screwballer, you’ll love it. If you can find it.
  2. Bob Hope, Road To Singapore,  1940.       First written for Burns and Allen as Beach of Dreams. They passed, so it became Road To Manderlay for Fred MacMurray and Jackie Oakie –  redirected to Singapore for Bing Crosby and Bob Hope after producer   Harlan Thompson saw them clowning  around the Paramount lot.


 Birth year: 1895Death year: 1964Other name: Casting Calls:  2