Recently, I've come across the catchphrase, "Good thinking, [name/noun]!" three times on ELU. The first was in a question referring to Terry Pratchett's catchphrase "Good thinking, that man!" 1
The second was FumbleFinger's answer where he affirms that the former is a homage to the popular American catchphrase, Good thinking, Batman! Made famous in the American TV cult series, Batman.
The third, I happily stumbled upon myself and posted in “Definite ninety-nine” - UK English meaning. The catchphrase is taken from an American spy sitcom, called Get Smart about two secret agents; Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, and his beautiful and intelligent female partner, Agent 99. The series, devised by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, was responsible for coining a multitude of catchphrases, one of which was: Good thinking, 99!
Get Smart was broadcast between 1965–1970 but despite my cursory attempts, I couldn't pinpoint the year the catchphrase was actually launched.
Batman appeared on television screens a year later and ended its run in 1968. According to Wikiquote the phrase Good thinking, Robin! was used in season two, episode 27. (At least that's my understanding)
Established the fact the catchphrase, "Good thinking!" originated in the US, and its popularity became worldwide thanks to the exportation of American TV shows in the 60s and 70s. I would like to know:
- Who said it first, Batman or Maxwell Smart?
- Was there an earlier TV or radio show with the formulaic catchphrase: Good thinking, + (name)+! anytime in the mid/late 50s?
- Finally, what about Australia? Were either of the catchphrases popular during the 60s? I also recall reading on the Internet that Good thinking, 99! is still being used there. Is that true?