"gun in your pocket"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 4 22:08:28 UTC 2013

At 2/4/2013 04:43 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>The title of Fred's article in the Times Literary Supplement is "Just
>glad to see me?" and readers will discover the following quotation in
>the text:
>[Begin excerpt]
>Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?"
>(attributed to Mae West)
>[End excerpt]
>The Yale Book of Quotations has an attribution to Mae West in a 1967
>book, and a claim in a 2001 book that Mae West said the words in 1936.

?? I'm convinced I have heard "gun in your pocket" said by Mae in
"Destry Rides Again", with Jimmy Stewart.  That would make it more
than a claim that Mae said the words in ... 1939.

Am I wrong?  The Internet cloud seems to think so.


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