Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Wishing You All a (Slap-)Happy New Year!

A few of my favorite movie slaps to start you facing off in 2014 in the right direction!

The Opposite Sex (1956)




The Birds (1963)





Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)





Mame (1974)





Body of Evidence (1993)




4 comments:

rico said...

I love your topics, Poseidon!

Legend has it that JC was not expecting to be walloped by little Junie for real...you see Joan's earring go flying! No wonder Collins always chickened out and let her double do the catfights for her on "Dynasty"! Also, "The Opposite Sex," made at mid-50s MGM, shows Collins being made over to resemble Metro girl Liz Taylor. The look and the performance are strictly surface!

Allegedly Bette also dodged getting bitch slapped by Olivia and let her double take the hit. Guess Baby Jane could dish it out, but not take it!

And I was in a movie theater when Madonna took her ladies room slap from then unknown Julianne Moore--and what few people were there clapped!

joel65913 said...

I recently caught The Opposite Sex after several years and found new pleasures in it that I either hadn't caught before or had forgotten. That catfight between Dolores Gray and Ann Miller is great, Ann Sheridan is even more chic than I remember and best of all was that slap that Miss Priss June landed on that cheap piece of baggage that Joan played. I think it helped that Joan wasn't ready for the smack, it made her reaction more true.

discodevil said...

It sure wouldn't be Joan Collins I'd be slapping in that scene!

Poseidon3 said...

That whck Joan took was the subject of a TCM "Word of Mouth" that I was glad to see her involved in. I like to post little shots of the stars in those from time to time and hers is "in the chute" so to speak!

In "Hush...Hush" the shots of Olivia's face are with a body double for Davis. Strange that bulldozer Bette delighted in kicking Joan Crawford across the floor in "Baby Jane" but when it came to trusting her friend Olivia to deliver a few screen slaps, she chickened out!

Joel, I enjoy "The Opposite Sex" for the reasons you cite and more. Don't know if you ever read my tribute to that movie, but there are plenty of photos and bits of trivia here:

http://neptsdepths.blogspot.com/2010/12/opposite-attracts.html

I love Julianne Moore and also saw "Body of Evidence" in a nearly abandoned theater. Her makeup is great in the movie and I love the look she gives Madonna in the mirror before whacking her soundly in the face! ;-)

Thanks, guys! (And Happy New Year!)