She Married Her Boss


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Promotional photo of the spanking scene.

She Married Her Boss is a 1935 movie directed by Gregory La Cava, starring Claudette Colbert and Melvyn Douglas.


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Julia Scott, a secretary at a department store, makes her boss Richard Barclay marry her. However she finds out that living up to the standards he sets at home, and taking care of Annabel, his spoiled-brat daughter, is much more difficult than she had imagined.

The spanking sceneEdit

One night, Annabel (Edith Fellows) refuses to go to bed when told and throws a big tantrum. After a chase through the house, Julia (Claudette Colbert) finally is alone in the room with her.

Annabel: "If you make me go to bed, I won't sleep!"
Julia: "I'll give you something to make you sleep."
Annabel: "I won't take a pill!"
Julia: "I'm not going to give you a pill, Annabel." (walks to the dressing table and picks up a hairbrush)
Annabel: "If you'll give me a pill, I'll spit it out!"
Julia: "This is going to hurt you more than it does me." (slaps the hairbrush a few times into her palm, approaching the girl)
Annabel, wide-eyed: "What are you gonna do?"

Cut. From outside the room: spanking noise and Annabel's crying is heard.

Richard Barclay (Melvyn Douglas) listens to it and comments "That's the first music I've heard around this house for months."

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