|Valentine (Bob Bailey) and Brooksie|
That's not really a criticism of the show, as it's a worthwhile time-killer and I enjoy listening to it. But old-time radio is filled with so many noir-type detectives, violent criminals and even more violent cartoon enigmas that I want to frame all OTR detectives the same way. It's safe to say that Valentine is probably less of a detective than Baby Snooks is - he's more like a problem solver/delivery boy.
"Complimenting" George is his go-everywhere-he-goes Girl Friday or his secretary/sidekick/whatever-she-is with the odd name of Brooksie; she's usually not too hard to take but she's rarely any fun at all.
She kind of has a bitchy attitude but not enough of an attitude to dislike her. More of the attitude where you don't really give a hoot about her at all (and wonder - why is this girl hanging around?) She is rather a bit protective of Valentine. In some ways she acts like she is in-like with him - but there is no romance period between the two and that is probably one of the "problems" with the show. She's like his younger tomboy sister or something similar. He must like her a bit though as he calls her "Brooksie" and you just know that isn't her real name. Add to that the fact that there is NO electricity between them - yet they somehow belong together, like Abbott belongs with Costello - without the silliness from Costello or the bite from Abbott.
|Frances Robinson is "Brooksie"|
The show Let George Do It often comes off as a cross between a very wilted version of Clark Kent/Lois Lane and a random episode of Box 13; the main difference is there's almost never any danger involved. Bailey plays it so very cool at every turn and it seems he has more fun avoiding the almost-jealous allures of Brooksie than he does looking for trouble. Besides, real trouble never comes.