Posted by Pamela on September 07, 2007
In Reply to: Live now, pay later posted by Smokey Stover on August 31, 2007
: : "Live now, pay later"
: : Is this a saying or a quotation? And, where does it come from?
: It is a pun based on a well-known commercial slogan: buy now, pay later. What the author uses it to mean no doubt requires reading the rest of the author's remarks.
Live Now - Pay later was a film directed by Jay Lewis. Jack Trevor Story was one of the two scriptwriters; he published a book by the same name in 1963. There is information about the film here:
If this is the origin of the phrase, then Smokey seems right - from the little I read, hire purchase seems to be an analogy for the "act now consider the consequences later" lifestyle of the characters. Pamela