In Reply to: Let George do it posted by J. T. Stocks on August 03, 2008 at 16:43:
: I have been trying to find the origin of "Let George do it."
: I had thought that it might be from the title of the 1940 George Formby film. Then I found a reference to "Let George Do It" on the Internet Movie Database as the working title of the 1928 Laurel and Hardy short "From Soup to Nuts."
: Are there any references to "Let George do it" prior to 1928?
A quick search on Google News Archive shows a lot of hits starting from around 1909-1910. For example, a New York Times story from Sept. 15, 1912 says:
"My line of work is what is known in dramatic stock parlance as utility business, a theatrical synonym for 'Let George do it.'"