Ask AP: ‘Heavens to Murgatroyd’

Celebrity Q&A
on March 26, 2011

The 1960s cartoon character Snagglepuss had a trademark saying of “Heavens to Murgatroyd.” Where did that come from?
—Joe Moore, Willits, Calif.

The voice of the pink mountain lion on The Quick Draw McGraw Show was patterned from Bert Lahr, the actor who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. And Snagglepuss’ favorite expression originally was uttered by Lahr in the 1944 movie Meet the People. Voiced by Daws Butler, Snagglepuss had another catchphrase, “Exit, stage left!,” which he was fond of saying during his later appearances in The Yogi Bear Show.

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