Posted by R. Berg on May 03, 2005
In Reply to: Good cop, bad cop posted by Liz on May 02, 2005
: "Good cop, bad cop" - was there a famous team (actors, movie or literary characters, real cops?) to whom this phrase was first applied?
I believe it originated as a description of real cops who worked in pairs when interrogating suspects. No particular individuals, just the idea of a team who used the technique that the phrase refers to.