Benchley was attending the Broadway premiere of a play during which a telephone rang on an otherwise deserted stage. “I think that's for me,” remarked Benchley, and he rose and left the theater.
“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed be doing at that moment.”~Robert Benchley
A scene in one of Benchley’s movie shorts required that he be strung up in a mess of telephone wires above a street. While waiting for the final camera, he said to his wife, Gertrude, “Remember how good at Latin I was in school?”
“Well, look where it got me.”