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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 »

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Vernon: My client, your honor, asks for absolute divorce, on the grounds of extreme and intolerable cruelty. The plaintiff, as your honor can see, is a tiny, little woman. Little, more than a child. And she was the victim of a wonton, brutal, unprovoked assault by her husband - a man who weighs 183 pounds in his socks.
Vicki Wallace Thorpe: Stripped!
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

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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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Well made but disturbing and hard to like.
12 April 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"...a sock in the eye is what every woman needs..."

Although Joan Blondell and Warren William play a couple who seem to be very in love, when they go to a dinner party, problems erupt. Joan deliberately goads Warren until he smacks her--and she sues for divorce. Oddly, after they are no longer married, Joan deliberately throws herself at him--wearing revealing clothes and inviting him to come to dinner at her new home with her new husband (Edward Everett Horton). Not too surprisingly, the new hubby is NOT amused by all this and eventually hauls off and hits Joan as well. What will happen next in this dreadful film?!

While the actors all give their best in this film, the writing was just awful--and a bit disturbing. Blondell plays one of the most annoying and difficult to like women I have ever seen--capricious, selfish and manipulative. Further, there are strong undertones of sado-masochism in the characters--something that bothered me, as it tried to make violence and nastiness 'funny'! This is also the sort of bizarre film that you'd never see today because of changes in our sensibilities--such goings on are not at all in line with modern morality. A strong indicator of the change is the quote I gave at the beginning of my review--it was taken directly from this film as well as the casual way that adultery is portrayed. It's all supposed to be a kooky comedy--I was just in horror at it all. It's shocking even for a Pre-Code film--especially at the cringe-worthy finale that's really hard to believe.


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