[Ads-l] Joke: "He's too caustic." "Hang the expense! Get him!" (1930) (UNCLASSIFIED)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 23 17:25:26 UTC 2015


Fascinating citation, Bill; thanks for locating it. So, Robert
Benchley might have been the instigator. I've updated the QI entry and
added an acknowledgement to you.

Garson

On Fri, Oct 23, 2015 at 10:26 AM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US)
<william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
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> The same anecdote (with slightly different wording) appears in Winchell's "=
> On Broadway" column that appeared in the _Scranton [PA] Republican_ 9 Jan 1=
> 930 p 5 col 2 (Newspapers.com).
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> "Then there's a quip that Robert C. Benchley spread around the Fulton theat=
> er foyer the other first-night.  It concerns the two Hollywood movie magnat=
> es who graduated to the Gold Coast from the Garment Centre. They were in co=
> nference trying to save a picture that lacked, what critics usually call, "=
> a wallop."=20
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> "If we could only get someone to fix it up," said one.=20
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> 'Why don't you get Jim Tully," suggested an executive.=20
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> "Jim Tully is too caustic!"=20
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> "Oh," thundered one of the magnates, "the hell with the cost, get him." "
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>> _Motion Picture News_ 11 Jan 1930 p 28 col 3
>>=20
>> " Walter Winchell relates "a quip that Robert C. Benchley spread around t=
> he=3D  Fulton Theatre foyer the other first-night. It concerns the two
>> Hollywood =3D movie magnates who graduated to the Gold Coast from the Gar=
> ment Centre. The=3D y were in conference trying to save a
>> picture that lacked, what critics usu=3D ally call, "a wallop."=3D20
>>=20
>> "If we could only get someone to fix it up," said one.=3D20
>>=20
>> 'Why don't you get Jim Tully," suggested an executive.=3D20
>>=20
>> "Jim Tully is too caustic!"=3D20
>>=20
>> "Oh," thundered one of the magnates, "the devil with the cost, get him." =
> "
>>=20
>>=20
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