There is a funny montage of movie and TV clips on YouTube in which variations of the phrase "you don't get it, do you" are used. Sometime after I watched that video I saw a 1959 episode of Bat Masterson entitled "Wanted: Dead." In it actor John Dehner said to Gene Barry, "You just don't get it, do you Masterson? They all killed that boy." I laughed out loud and then wondered just how long this phrase has been in use.

What is the earliest use of the phrase "You [still/just] don't get it, do you?" in movies and television?

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    To be honest, I think it's not so much just a movie/tv thing but rather a common thing to say in relevant situations..
    – paddotk
    Commented Nov 27, 2012 at 14:48

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Using the script search site Subzin, I found no instances of the phrase in use prior to 1959. A naive search produced several candidates; I've listed them below. All of these turned out to be either foreign films with English subtitles added later, or English language films incorrectly titled or incorrectly dated or both.

  • Noored Kotkad: 1927 Estonian film.
  • The Devil's Parade: 1930 musical, purported script actually was The Devil Wears Prada.
  • Love Is On The Air: 1937 film, purported script referred to "the internet."
  • When The Lights Go On Again: 1944 film, purported script contains post-1959 references.
  • Nachts, wenn der Teufel kam: 1957 German film.

So barring new developments, the answer is still 1959, Bat Masterson.

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