Question: I recently watched a marathon of Andy Griffith shows, and on one Goober does an imitation of Cary Grant where he says "Judy, Judy, Judy!" Can you tell me what movie that line is from?


Answer: Cary Grant never said the line "Judy, Judy, Judy" in any movie, although in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) his sultry ex-wife's name is Judy (played by Rita Hayworth), and he does say "Susan, Susan, Susan" (to Katharine Hepburn, whose speech patterns were equally distinctive) in Bringing Up Baby (1938). And yet it's the standard line Grant imitators use. I suspect it's because the name "Judy" perfectly captures both his distinctive inflection (hard emphasis on the first syllable and the crisp "d" sound) and his accent, which gives the last syllable a long "a" sound rather than a long "e." There are many anecdotes about how "Judy, Judy, Judy" became associated with Grant, none entirely conclusive and none indisputably endorsed by Grant himself.