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Old 07-31-2003, 11:09 AM
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Origin of "I'm only three and a half years old"?

Most of the catchphrases in the old loony tunes cartoons originated elsewhere, in popular radio shows, etc. This one has been driving me crazy for a while: I can't find any information on the net. So, where did the phrase "I'm only three and a half years old", used in several Bugs Bunny cartoons in particular, come from?
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Old 07-31-2003, 11:43 AM
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Maybe Fanny Brice's "Baby Snooks" character?
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Old 07-31-2003, 11:58 AM
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I'm only three and half years old

Line associated with Lou Costello and used quite a bit in WB cartoons in situations just after some act of child-like mischief. Examples include: one of the Hubie/Bertie mice in Trap Happy Porky (Jones, 1945) after skillfully robbing a rat trap; a tiny gremlin shattering airplane instruments with a hammer in Russian Rhapsody (Clampett, 1944), Grover Groundhog, just after Porky discovers Grover has been feeding him lines in One Meat Brawl (McKimson, 1947), one of the ancient batters for the Tea Totallers in Baseball Bugs (Freleng, 1946), who says he is only 93 1/2 years old, and a bawling hippo in Baby Bottleneck (Clampett, 1946) who says that he is only 3 1/2 seconds old.
I was unable to find any other information about it, or what it has to do with Lou Costello.
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Old 07-31-2003, 03:25 PM
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Actually, it has to do with Little Audrey.

Obviously played by an adult actress, she was a recurrent character on the Abbott & Costello radio program, and this was her familiar catch phrase, often used as a walk-on line.

Thus:

Abbott: Costello, that's not funny!

Audrey: Well, I thought it was amusing, but I'm only three and a half years old.

Abbott: "Why, it's Little Audrey!!!

(Thunderous applause from the studio audience).

IIRC, the character was generally depicted as being just a couple of notches above Costello in mental acuity.
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