I’ve been rereading Anthony Burgess’s 1974 comic novel The Clockwork Testament based on the time he spent in New York as a visiting professor and his having to defend the film version of A Clockwork Orange (which he didn’t much like but freedom of artistic expression and all that) on the telly and in print, etc. It has the following from a lecture the protagonist gives:
‘What she means is,’ said the redthatched beerswollen Irish student, ‘that the movie was on last night. The Late Late Date-with-the-Great Show. What Bette Davis called it was Richard Two’.
Burgess and Colbert are clearly familiar with the formulation so I’m guessing you have never moved in luvvie circles, LH, and assumed, because you’ve never come across it, that it doesn’t exist. You have to look for citations rather than rely on anecdotal lack-of-evidence The frustrating thing is it’s impossible to look up online because google auto-corrects Henry Five, Richard Three etc to V and III! Is there any way round this? It must be attested to elsewhere.