Let George Do It

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Mar 22 14:10:01 UTC 2007

On Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 10:04:02AM -0400, Baker, John wrote:
>         IMDB lists movies named "Let George Do It" from 1938 and 1940,
> both starring comedians named George (George Wallace and George Formby,
> respectively).  I don't know if the better-known 1940 movie, from
> England, drew the inspiration for its name from the 1938 Australian
> movie, or if it was already a catch-phrase.  However, a 1938 date would
> seem to preclude a WWII origin.

As would the 1910 example in the Dictionary of Americanisms, and the
two additional 1910's cites in HDAS.

Jesse Sheidlower

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