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Smarty (1934)

Vicki Wallace (Joan Blondell) takes great pleasure in teasing her husband,Tony Wallace (Warren William), who takes no pleasure at all in being teased and it isn't long before he ups and ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (screen play), Carl Erickson (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Vicki
Warren William ... Tony
Edward Everett Horton ... Vernon
Frank McHugh ... George
Claire Dodd ... Anita
Joan Wheeler Joan Wheeler ... Mrs. Bonnie Durham
Virginia Sale ... Edna - Vicki's Maid
Leonard Carey ... Tilford - Tony's Butler
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Vicki Wallace (Joan Blondell) takes great pleasure in teasing her husband,Tony Wallace (Warren William), who takes no pleasure at all in being teased and it isn't long before he ups and clips her on the chin. Vicki's friend and attorney, Vernon Thorpe (Edward Everett Horton), secures a divorce for her, and Vicki and Vernon are soon married. Vicki's yen for wearing revealing clothes and a penchant for inviting ex-husband Tony to dinner soon provokes the easily-provoked Vernon into belting one on her himself. She goes to Tony's apartment, where Tony is entertaining Bonnie (Joan Wheeler), who is not all that entertained by the presence of Vicki, especially after Vicki shows every intent of moving in and staying. Vernon shows up with George (Frank McHugh) and Anita (Claire Dood), evidently along so F. Hugh Herbert's lines can be spread among five players instead of three, and Vicki more or less tells Vernon that as long as she is going to be slugged by a husband, she will just go back to ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hit Me Again See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened first in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 1 October 1927. It was retitled "Funny Face" for its New York run off-Broadway beginning 22 November 1927. See more »

Quotes

Tony: Vicki, this flow of humor is just a little more than I can bear!
Vicki Wallace Thorpe: Oh, now don't be irritable, precious.
Vicki Wallace Thorpe: [to Anita] He thinks he looks very dignified, but he's not a bit, really.
Tony: [getting very annoyed] Vicki, cut it out!
Vicki Wallace Thorpe: Well, darling, you *are* irritable!
Tony: Well, who wouldn't be? You make me absolutely impotent with rage!
Vicki Wallace Thorpe: [mockingly] You mean, "diced carrots"? Ha ha ha...
Tony: [abruptly gets up and slaps her across the face, knocking the bridge table over] Oh, Vicki, I'm *terribly* sorry!
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Connections

References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
aka "Here Comes the Bride"
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by the Vitaphone Orchestra
Variation played when marriage is announced in gossip column
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Pre-Code Drawing Room Comedy, The Last Gasp
5 May 2017 | by museumofdaveSee all my reviews

Perhaps too many folks are getting their things in an uproar about this zippy, fast-paced little comedy about the battle of the sexes. Yes, there are slaps in the film, but Blondell's character seems intent on getting them-- which to modern eyes seems bizarre indeed, and offensive in too many ways. 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. This is not a great film by any measure, but viewed in an unusual context can be great fun.


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