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Old 07-31-2008, 10:52 AM
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"I was young and I needed the money"

Where does this catchphrase come from? A google search revealed that there's a 1998 song of that title by Clifford Gilberto, but the phrase is definitely older. The implication that it might have originated in the porn industry is obvious, but can it be traced back to a single incident, such as a film, a song or a novel where it came up first?

My intuitive guess would have been that Marilyn Monroe uses this phrase in the "Some Like It Hot" scene in the train restroom in which she tells Tony Curtis, disguised as Daphne, about her biography. A quick check, however, seems to show that I'm wrong.
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:15 AM
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I remember it from Naked Gun (1988), a police-drama spoof. The detective says to Priscilla Presley's character (Jane?), "I saw the pictures," referring to something police-related, and she replies, "I was young. I needed the money."
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:27 AM
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It was a cliche even then.

I recall it referring very obliquely to prostitution, though I can't remember specific works.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:49 PM
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Didn't it originate as Marilyn Monroe's explanation for her nude Playboy centerfold?
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:01 PM
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I thought it was MM needing to make the payment on her car, or something.

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Old 07-31-2008, 02:08 PM
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I suspect that it's a conglomeration of a few different phrases that come up decently often.

I was young and stupid so...

...but I needed the money.

Possibly they've appeared in conjunction as a single phrase, but most likely that's not why it seems so familiar.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:39 PM
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It's just proliferation of the phrase that's made it so common and cliche. Not to mention the flaw in the logic of the statement just make it a totally weird thing to say.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by MrBelding
It's just proliferation of the phrase that's made it so common and cliche.
(emphasis mine)

Do I understand correctly that you're saying that this phrased gets used a lot because this phrase gets used a lot?
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:34 PM
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Wasn't that what Richard Nixon said to David Frost?
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:57 PM
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Nixon was never young.
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:43 PM
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Here's something from a Monroe quote site (http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/qu...n_monroe_2.htm)

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Of the nude pictures: Sure I posed. I needed the money.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Rocketeer
Didn't it originate as Marilyn Monroe's explanation for her nude Playboy centerfold?
That's my guess. Probably not a verbatim quote, but close. She was referring to the nude photos taken in 1949, when she really was young and broke. The Playboy centerfold was one of those photos, but published in '53.

"It's not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on."

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Old 08-01-2008, 08:38 PM
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Do I understand correctly that you're saying that this phrased gets used a lot because this phrase gets used a lot?
That's how cliches become cliches.
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