"money takes flight when might conquers right"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 7 19:12:15 UTC 2013

Isn't the simple answer that this combination of two traditional
phrases was fabricated by the trio that wrote the screenplay of the

On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> At 1/7/2013 10:19 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>>A website with movie subtitle (or caption) information suggests that a
>>variant of the saying with the word "fright" was used in the dialog of
>>Ivanhoe. Of course, captions are sometimes inaccurate.
> True, although "fright" has about 56 hits, versus
> "money takes *flight*" + "might conquers right"
> which yields only a hapax legomenon:
> "Apr 19, 2012 – To quote a line from one of my
> favorite movies "When might conquers right, money
> takes flight." From Ivanhoe 1952. All been posted before by ..."
> http://hotcopper.co.nz/post_single.asp?fid=1&tid=1721404&msgid=9965717
> I can't swear whether I heard "flight" or "fright".  (Either would serve.)
> But still, did the saying appear earlier than in the movie?
> http://www.docstoc.com/docs/80908184/February-16_-2007-Quote-of-the-day-_quotMoney-takes-fright-when-might
> attributes the "fright" formulation to Scott and
> Ivanhoe, but I did not find it in Gutenberg's copy.
> Joel
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