[Ads-l] Quote: Time Wounds All Heels

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 26 23:52:34 EDT 2017

Updating a 2014 message:

Frank Case who owned and operated the Algonquin Hotel in New York has
often been credited with the expression "Time wounds all heels". In
his 1938 memoir Case said he originated the phrase and used it during
a radio appearance. But the broadcast date was previously unknown (to

Today I was sent a link to a webpage with an MP3 of Case's radio appearance:

Title: Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour Guest Tallulah Bankhead
Air Date: June 17, 1937 (according to the website)
Location of quotation: 39 mins into broadcast


The 1937 date is rather late because the saying was circulating in
1934. The QI article has been updated. Great thanks to Frank Solensky
who pointed to the MP3.



On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:01 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com> wrote:
> The pun "Time wounds all heels" is based on the phrase "Time heals all wounds".
> This saying is listed in Charlie and Fred's The Dictionary of Modern
> Proverbs”, Fred's "The Yale Book of Quotations", Ralph Keyes' "Nice
> Guys Finish Seventh", Nigel Rees' "The Best Guide to Humorous
> Quotations", "The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations" and other
> important references.
> In the past the earliest citation was dated 1938. I've located a
> December 1934 citation in a newspaper column. The Quote Investigator
> website now has a lengthy entry:
> Time Wounds All Heels
> http://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/09/23/heels/
> There are multiple candidates for originator of the line. If you are a
> knowledgeable fan of Old Time Radio or if you have connections to that
> community then you might be able to help clarify the origin of the
> expression.
> Frank Case included the pun in his 1938 memoir and stated that he had
> spoken it on a radio program hosted by the entertainer Rudy Vallee.
> But Case did not specify the date of the episode. I listened to a
> December 2, 1937 radio episode of "The Royal Gelatin Hour" during
> which Case visited Vallee. The exchanges between the two sounded
> scripted (to me). Case did not use the pun in this episode, but the
> dialog indicated he had visited the show in the past. Open question:
> Did Case use the line before December 1934?
> A citation from April 1939 indicated that Jane Ace of the radio show
> "Easy Aces" used the quip during an episode. The "Easy Aces" series
> began broadcasting in 1930; hence, it is possible that she used the
> joke before 1934. Open question: Did Jane Ace use the line before
> December 1934?
> Thanks for any help you can provide,
> Garson

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