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"The name, of course, pokes fun at the perceived propensity of some lawyers to take advantage of their clients." Golly! I'm glad Wikipedia explained that for me. but, can't we get a little sparkle into this entry? Or would that violate NPOV?--Wetman 02:51, 28 Apr 2005 (UTC)

  • I'm sorry, was that sarcasm? I can never tell. -- 8^D BD2412gab 14:00, 2005 Apr 28 (UTC)

what about the notion the car talk's use of the name is unrelated? i think its quite related to both the pun and the stooges.

The two articles should absolutely be merged. Porlob 21:15, 14 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • I agree. But the suggestion to merge the two articles makes it sound like the content from this article detailing general and older usage be placed into the Car Talk-specific article. It should be the other way around: bring the content of Dewey, Cheetham, and Howe here and correct the cited spelling while we're at it. The Car Talk website has both "Dewey, Cheetham & Howe" and "Dewey, Cheetham and Howe", both with only one comma.--Rfsmit 22:47, 17 October 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Indeed - the Car Talk reference was itself a joke (as that article even admits), DERIVED from the context as presented in THIS article. While they should certainly be merged, the other article should be merged into this one, not vice-versa. Hossenfeffer 06:31, 3 November 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I am fairly certain that there is a Stooges short where there is a camera shot of a door with a frosted glass window with "Dewey, Cheatham, & Howe" on it. The article states otherwise. 12:59, 8 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Um, could the webcomic 8-bit theater's rewrite of the pun as 'Dewey, Cheatem, and Thief' be added in? Dunno if it's relevant enough. (talk) 04:58, 9 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I think the spelling used in this article should be changed to "Dewey, CHEETHAM & Howe" since both Dewey and Howe are rather common last names, but "Cheatem" is not. Alternatively, the less common spelling, Cheatham, could be used, but I think sticking with the more common spelling makes for a better gag name. Just my 2¢. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Capneb (talkcontribs) 15:21, 15 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Citations and such[edit]

I understand wikipedia's seriousness in oursuing verifiyable resources and other nonesuch. However, "Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe" falls into the category of common knowledge, just as "salt is salty" and "water is wet" and "fire is hot" this is knowledge passed down from one generation to the next and confirmed by direct experience. Eventually, hundreds of years from now, when even wikipedia will cease to exist and no one remembers vaudeville or puns then citations will be needed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:52, 27 October 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

hi i have some more info on fareham solicitors that i think will improve this article . can i add that info for you or should i just put a ref in. I am new to editing this way so let me know what you think is the link: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Verticaljump (talkcontribs) 23:36, 18 April 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"The Simpsons", S07E15. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:10, 3 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Real businesses with this name - WP:BIO issue[edit]

A problem with this article is that there are real businesses with this name, for example the law firm The coverage of this topic needs to disambiguate the real from the fictional businesses and avoid denigrating the legitimate businesses. -- (talk) 04:27, 17 October 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Throughout our practice we endeavor, both for our clients and ourselves, to acquire the property of others through the legal process and all other appropriate means."
Are you sure this isn't a parody? K7L (talk) 04:04, 31 March 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Variants exist on the theme. The British magazine Private Eye uses "Sue, Grabbitt, and Runne" ("sue, grab it and run") when satirizing the legal profession, reflecting the magazine's experience defending from defamation lawsuits. In a set of legal forms published for lawyers and other legal professionals,[vague] one fictitious law-firm name is "Skrewer, Widow & Children." The narrating presidential aide in Christopher Buckley's novel The White House Mess came from the law firm of "Dewey, Scruem, and Howe".

Robin Williams used a variant of the pun when making a joke about the Bernard Madoff fiasco and the fact that his name is pronounced as "made off" by saying "Was the name not a clue? Did he have to be with the accounting firm of Dewey, Fuckyou and Howe?"

The novel Gump and Co., Winston Groom's sequel to Forrest Gump, names "Dewey, Screwum, & Howe" as legal representation for members, including Forrest Gump, of a New York firm accused of insider trading.

In an episode of Gilmore Girls, Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), while dealing with his wife's irritating divorce lawyer, jokes that his own lawyer is Don Dewey at "Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe."

Johnny Carson used the fictional law firm of Dewey, Cheatham and Howe in his satirical skits.

In an episode of Prison Break, Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell states that he won a large sum of money after sustaining an injury on an oil rig, thanks to his lawyers at "Dewey, Cheatem, and Howe".

In an episode of Friends, Chandler Bing's boss states that the company they both work for has signed a contract with a new law firm: "Dewey, Cheatem and Howe". It is, of course, in the context of an office party, shortly before the boss is heard giving the punchline "Twenty dollars Sister, same as in town.".

The 1989 video game Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals features a law firm by this name, though only the second partner, Suzi Cheatem, makes an actual appearance in the game.

The novel The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams features a firm of architects by the name of "Sir Conham Goode, Son, and Howe".

In an episode of White Collar (Season 01 Episode 09, time index 0:05:41) the document that has the Judge's ID stamp lists the Plaintiff as being represented by "Donald Dewey of the law firm Dewey, Chetham and Howe".

In the video game, The Sims 4, Sims in the Business career go to work at the "Dewey, Cheatem & Howe" offices.

In The Proud Family episode "Hmmmm…Tastes Like", Oscar name drops Dewey, Cheatem & Howe while calling for an attorney.

In one Stunt Dawgs comic book story, the Stunt Scabs' lawyer introduces himself as Slyme Whiplash and the law firm he works for as "Dewey, Cheatam and Howe".

In the Count Duckula episode "Who-Dunnit?" the lawyer firm is identified as "Chattem, Cheetem and Runn" though their representative is called Mr. Snatchitt.

In the Gary the Rat episode "This Is Not a Pipe", we are introduced to a law firm whose spoof name is Boywe, Cheatam and Howe.