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Smarty (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 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 »

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 Wallace / Thorpe
Warren William ... Tony Wallace
Edward Everett Horton ... Vernon Thorpe
Frank McHugh ... George Lancaster
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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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

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

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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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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bizarre comedy
23 March 2013 | by lshelhamerSee all my reviews

Interesting if bizarre dark comedy. This has been well reviewed by others. Two comments. The first is Warren Williams vacillating character, one minute dismissive of his ex-wife, then next expressing his undying love. This is not his most forceful or consistent role. The next is Joan Blondell and her motivation. She divorces her husband one minute and marries another shortly thereafter. Was she trying to make her husband more romantic, or was she living out her masochistic fantasies?

The dimpled Claire Dodd does a good job as the divorced friend of the couple. It was also nice to note Edward Everett Horton toning down his usual effete, fuss-budget persona.


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