Friday, February 18, 2011

"The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, and Nothing But the Tooth"

The Robert Benchley Society has been contacted by someone asking:
In 1950, I was in a public speaking class at LA High School, and was entered in a speech contest at Redlands University. My teacher had me memorize "The Tooth, The Whole Tooth, and Nothing But The Tooth", by Robert Benchley. Now, with 24 grandchildren, I'd love to re-memorize it. Can you tell me if it is in "The Best of Robert Benchley", and if not, what of his works might it be in?? Any help would be much appreciated.

The answer is that "The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, and Nothing But the Tooth" appears in Love Conquers All (1922), beginning on page 131, and Inside Benchley (1942), beginning on page 73. We also note that Love Conquers All is available free online on the Robert Benchley Society website at

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