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Yes, it was a different time and yes it gives us visibility into that, but when it's shown with such lightness and as comedy, not as disturbing or dark, and knowing it's still such a problem in society today, it's very hard to stomach.
Top 1000 Films (and a few of my other favorite things! But Vernon will not break down the door. Certificate: Passed Vicki's yen for wearing revealing clothes and a penchant for inviting ex-husband to dinner soon provokes the easily-provoked Vernon into belting one on her himself. Vicki's friend and attorney, Vernon Thorpe (Edward Everett Horton), secures a divorce for her, and Vicki and Vernon are soon married.
Wow this was a lot. Danny Reid of Pre-Code.Com observes that most people have a strong reaction to Smarty—hardly anyone likes it.
Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Well let's see. This is the weirdest damn movie and it's all so very wrong and I kind of really liked it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. TMDb The film raises many questions about healthy marital and sexual behavior in particular.
65 minutes. The men are the bumbling idiots and the women are trying to get their sexual needs met by pursuing the men. It was a major flop on release, and deservedly so: though it features the two best character comics of the era, Frank McHugh (who's great) and Edward Everett Horton (who isn't) and has a few amusing bits unrelated to the main story, its central narrative about capricious, flirtatious Joan Blondell deserving − and enjoying − being beaten up by husband Warren William should never have been put on screen. Smarty (1934) 05/19/1934 (US) Comedy 1h 5m User Score. In an unguarded moment after she’s slapped by Tony and before he’s caught up to her, Vicki takes a second to primp herself. A wealthy composer rescues unemployed Broadway performers with a new play. She is stimulated by physical punishment, yes, but she is also aroused by provocation itself. here’s a giant gallery of Joan Blondell pictures, The Old Dark House (1932) Review, with Boris Karloff, False Faces (1932) Review, with Lowell Sherman, Westward Passage (1932) Review, with Ann Harding and Laurence Olivier, Madame Du Barry (1934) Review, with Dolores Del Rio, The Key (1934) Review, with William Powell and Colin Clive, Secrets (1933) Review, with Mary Pickford and Leslie Howard, Pre-Code Movies on Turner Classic Movies in August 2020. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". Now you have me thinking of that Jean Harlow Fatal Attraction type picture that I can’t remember the title of anymore (I’m pretty sure you reviewed it, though). The dividing line here seems to be this: either you overcome the film’s subject and enjoy Smarty because of how much Joan Blondell you get to see (and you do get to see a fair bit), or you hate it because it endorses spousal abuse. But there is no indication that wife-beating is really the focus of this film, but instead the games people play when they discover relationship kinks that are not mainstream.In many ways, this is a deeply cynical film (witness the running commentary from the two constant house guests) about public and private lives, the last gasp of pre-code comedy before the censors came down hard on creative expression of and shuttered them into the kitchen with their aprons for the next thirty years or so, when Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton exposed a more modern version of the S/M games that can develop when love is stunted by circumstance. The film is classified as a comedy and it definitely tries to be, but I'm not quite sure what makes it funny.
Furthermore, we hear at least one allusion to spanking for pleasure. More details at Spanking, slapping, screwing. I really got into it just because it’s so strange and really makes you have to try to put yourself into the shoes of the filmmakers. Add the first question. About the Site | Follow @PreCodeDotCom. Romantic comedy where a woman seeks a divorce from her husband after he strikes her… her friend snarkily states that all women should be punched in the mouth at least once. Forgot your password? Can’t believe it’s been five years since I first read your review!
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