Posted by Bill Kopecky on April 23, 2001
In Reply to: Come up and see me sometime posted by R. Berg on April 23, 2001
: : What Mae West said first in 1933 in the movie "She Done Him Wrong" was, Why don't you
: : come up sometime'n see me? I'm home everyy evening."
: Eric Partridge, "A Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British," quotes another author (Nigel Rees, "Very Interesting . . . But Stupid: Catchphrases from the World of Entertainment") as making the same observation: "What [Mae West ] does say (to a very young Cary Grant) is: 'You know I always did like a man in uniform. And that one fits you grand. Why don't you come up some time and see me?' The easier to articulate version is said to Mae West by W. C. Fields in 'My Little Chickadee' ."
After Lou's(Mae West) line in She Done Him Wrong
the rest of the dialogue is also interesting.
Captain(Grant): Yeah, I'm busy every evening.
Lou: Busy? So what are you trying to do , insult me?
Capt: Why no, no, not at all. I'm just busy, that's all...
Lou: You ain't kiddin' me. You know, I met your kind
before. Why don't you come up sometime, huh?
Capt: Weel, I...
Lou: Don't be afraid. I won't tell...Come up. I'll
tell your fortune...Ah, you can be had.