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Smarty (1934)

TV-G | | Comedy | 19 May 1934 (USA)
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 »

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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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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

Vernon: VIcki, look. Look! That darn fool girl's got this cuff button in wrong!
Vicki Wallace Thorpe: Now, stop raving and I'll fix it for you.
Tony: Good, ole Edna. She always used to get 'em in cockeyed for me, too!
Vernon: You don't have to remind me that we also share the same maid.
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

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Don't Say Good-Night
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by the Vitaphone Orchestra
Played when Vernon is viewing the models
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hit me again
19 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Smarty is precode and based on a play from the 1920s.

Joan Blondell plays Vicki Wallace, and she's married to Tony (Warren William). She teases him a great deal and one night, he's had enough and slaps her. Vicki is very upset. Her lawyer, Vernon (Edward Everett Horton) takes care of her divorce, and she marries him.

Now it's Vernon's turn. Vicki loves to wear sexy clothes and keeps inviting Tony over for dinner. So one night, Vernon belts her. Vicki runs to Tony, who has a date at his apartment and really doesn't want his ex-wife there. Apparently she likes Tony's slugs better than Vernon's.

Two of my favorite actors, Blondell and William, in one of the most atrocious stories I've ever seen. Normally the fact that I am watching an old film with dated cultural beliefs doesn't bother me, I just take it in the time that it was done. But while it may have been more common to hit your wife, and I'm not even sure that's true, I don't think it was okay -- if it had been, why did she leave him in the first place? It's never been okay, just because it happened. Here it's downright glamorized. In something like Streetcar Named Desire, it's shocking by today's standards, but it went with the odious character of Stanley. And it wasn't glamorized.

I did not like this movie.


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