Antedating of "Cliffhanger"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 8 15:59:13 UTC 2012

cliffhanger (OED 1937)

1936 _Billboard_ 23 May 9/1 (Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive)  It all fits well with the "be prepared and keep a policy up your sleeve" idea, but from the radio entertainment angle it's strictly ten-twent of the cliff-hanger variety.

Fred Shapiro

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