Scarlet Street : For cat's sake?

For cat's sake?

Did anyone else find it weird that they kept saying things like this? Have you ever encountered that before?


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Re: For cat's sake?

Perhaps the screenwriter was tired of 'for pete's sake' and wanted to start a new fad in expressions!!

Re: For cat's sake? it is 'cack's' sake

Cack is a term for sh*t ... poop ... defecation. Very bold for the time.

The movie was banned in some states.

it is 'cack's' sake

Ah, I guess that makes more sense.


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Re: For cat's sake? it is 'cack's' sake

Yes, I thought "For cat's sake..." was being said in the film, too. I also thought that it was an idiomatic expression of the times (or, like others, that maybe they were trying to start a new trendy fad, to kind of drive some 1940's version of guerilla marketing).

But as soon as I read maryg's explanation, it all made sense!

Especially when you consider we probably all heard the term "ca-ca" used among more "polite company" if you grew up in the '60s...

Thanks, maryg!

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Re: For cat's sake?

I'm pretty sure Kitty said something like this at least once as well. Sure, I've met people who make up their own expressions, but I was wondering if this was a common expression at the time.



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Re: For cat's sake?

I don't think I've ever heard the word "cack" before at all, so I didn't know how to react to that


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"I won't be ignored lumpy!"

I'm as serious as a heart attack. My grandmother was born in 1897 and Scarlet Street was the first VHS tape we bought - because she remembered that movie from the theater. Saying cack's sake was the same as saying for *beep* sake and yes, it was a term they did use - she told me so. She also told me a lady would never say such a thing. The movie was such a scandal back in the day. Even banned in some states.

In the 60's we used "groovy" in the 70's we said "far out". I honestly don't remember a catch phrase of the 80's.

You can indeed find the definition of "cack" if you google it as both "define cack" and "cack's sake" .... kids ... what cha gonna do with 'em ... think they know it all.

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I just saw 'Scarlet Street' today for the first time, and what is so funny is that the closed captioning obviously thought it was 'for cat's sake' as well, because this is the wording we get on the screen! So sounds as though they were as confused as many of us were. I watch a lot of movies from that era, but even that saying threw me a bit. Thanks to the person who enlightened us as to what was really being said. THAT makes a whole lot more sense.

Re: For cat's sake?

Pretty sure he was saying "For gad's sake", which was apparently an acceptable substitute in 1945 for "for God's sake", which would have been considered blasphemous and unacceptable. This shows from time to time in old movies. Think of the mayor's daughter who kept saying "Ye gads!" in THE MUSIC MAN, and I think William Powell said "Gad" a lot in LIFE WITH FATHER.
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