TV words

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 16 04:25:17 UTC 2006

It was also used by William Bendix in the radio of _The Life..._.


On 12/15/06, Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at> wrote:
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> On Fri, 15 Dec 2006, Alison Murie wrote:
> > "What a revoltin' development dis is!"  Though I guess this goes back to
> > radio.  And who said it?  Wm Bendix?
> According to The Yale Book of Quotations, which leads off the New York
> Times roundup of holiday gift books today, Groucho Marx originated this
> phrase ("What a revoltin' development this is!") during a telephone
> conversation with Irving Brecher in the 1940s.  Brecher later used it as
> the catchphrase of Chester A. Riley, played by Jackie Gleason followed by
> William Bendix, on the television series _The Life of Riley_ (1949-1958).
> Daffy Duck also uttered this expression in the animated feature _Mexican
> Joyride_ (1947).
> Fred Shapiro
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