Let George Do It

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Mar 22 22:26:42 UTC 2007

On Thu, 22 Mar 2007, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:

> 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.

Note that I have previously posted an antedating from 1909.

Fred Shapiro

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