"I'm givin 'er all she's got, cap'n" --History

Dear Yall.

Most of you are probably familiar with Scotty’s responses to the Captain’s requests for more power. This cliche’ appears in Chicken Run and innumerable other shows and movies.

But we are told that it predates Star Trek. Apparently, somewhere in Hollywood history, there’s a scottish boilerman in the engine room hollering “I canna give ye the steam, cap’n!”

I am wondering if there is not some history or chronicle of this cliche’ somewhere. I’d especially be interested to know the original occurrence.


And they say my username is too long! :eek:

It wouldn’t be so long without those nasty unerscores.