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      1934 1h 4m Comedy List
      Reviews 12% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings A strong-willed woman (Joan Blondell) leaves her husband (Warren William), who slapped her, for the lawyer (Edward Everett Horton) responsible for their divorce. Read More Read Less

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      Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair An almost incredibly painful attempt at farce. Jun 6, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      william d Edward Everett Horton has a funny line or two, but mostly this is just Joan Blondell acting like a total b-word. Would anyone really find her character's behavior charming, or even amusing? Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member I didn't like it but it's not terrible for the open-minded and patient. The movie, like too many others, is a 5 min idea stretched to over an hour, and that'd be okay, if the stretching were better done, but...maybe it goes too far, and maybe it'd be less ridiculous if the main characters were dating teens, rather than married adults--well maybe that'd be too much in another way, even in '34. The whole idea, [Oh, spoilers ahead]...The whole idea is that the woman played by Blondell wants her man to stand up to her and be a man, especially in the bedroom! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Couldn't get past all the affirmation of hitting a woman, even by the woman herself. That ain't comedic in the least. Try "A Red-Headed Woman" for this issue being treated interestingly, in a comedy. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Notable only for seeing what was the prevailing mood in American culture concerning marriage and the relationship between men and women, although in reality men were allowed to do much more harm to their wives than is shown in this film. Twenty years later, Ricky Ricardo would threaten his wife Lucy with a spanking every time she got out of line. Women have made some progress, but not much since that time as the same thing happened in my nuclear family. The police are never called. This is an unfortunate piece of American reality. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member What a horrible, horrible movie this was. How can I explain it? Well let's see. It's basically wife beating as comedy. The UK name for the film was "Hit Me Again". The main idea is that wife beating is a Good Thing - women want it, and the harder the better, because it shows love. If they get too 'smart' or sassy, the correct thing to do is to hit 'em to keep 'em in line. Joan Blondell is cute and revealing and all (and this movie was still pre-Code), but her character is ditzy and smiles throughout, which is awful in itself. She comes across as shallow, manipulative, and maddening - and everyone agrees, she deserves the abuse. She's never truly shocked or remotely scared, even after getting hit while playing bridge and mentioning that she's also had things thrown at her and been bit. She herself says "a good sock in the eye is something every woman needs, at least once in her life", and "if he really loved me, he would have hit me long ago." Her second husband also hits her after she goads him on with "why don't you hit me like a man?", but he's not as manly so she's less interested in him. When the second husband says "I didn't even hit her hard", a smiling female friend says "Not hard enough probably." Her first husband provides this advice to the second: "I'd kick the door down and kiss her 'til she's black and blue, and if she didn't let me, I'd roll up my sleeves and beat the daylights out of her." These are all real quotes! Oh, and one more, the last line of the movie: "Tony dear, hit me again." - and that, after he's ripped her dress off, pulled her hair, and given her a hard slap across the face, all as she stands there smiling. Did I mention this was a horrible film? 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. One of the characters alludes to how men in movies push women around, and specifically the grapefruit incident from "The Public Enemy", as if that's justification for him - but I have to say, while I liked that film, there we knew Cagney was a thug. We saw him commit murders. It's far more painful when it's shown as the norm and done by the "good guys" in the film. This is one to avoid. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A strong-willed woman (Joan Blondell) leaves her husband (Warren William), who slapped her, for the lawyer (Edward Everett Horton) responsible for their divorce.
      Director
      Robert Florey
      Production Co
      Warner Bros.
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Dec 13, 2010
      Runtime
      1h 4m