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I'd be surprised if there are many people here who have not seen the 1953 television version of Kiss Me, Kate, where Fred Graham spanks bratty Lilli Vanessi center stage, while performing Shakespear's "The Taming of the Shrew." I remember having seen it as a young child during one of the re-runs, and was mesmerized, dumbstruck, and excited beyond measure, having chanced upon the spanking scene quite by accident (probably switching channels searching for cartoons). And even though I was already fascinated by spanking, this was a defining moment. If not already, I, right then and there, became a (very young) hard core spanko, which I kept to myself for many years.

Fast forward to yesterday, I came across a mislaid playbill from the Martin Beck Theatre for a production of Kiss Me, Kate. There was a revival of the show in 1999 - and sometime thereafter, around 20 years ago I saw the play on Broadway, accompanied by my new, beautiful, love of my life spanko girlfriend. We loved it, the entire show, the Cole Porter musical score, and especially the spanking. What acting, on both parts.

But the point of this is to share something with my spanko friends. I thought, as did many, that Kiss Me, Kate was based on Shakespear's Taming of the Shrew. And while this is true, it turns out that Mr. Shakespeak stole (borrowed?) the idea from another, older source, which I learned during my college days:

While taking a course on Spanish literature, we were required to read "El Conde Lucanor, Libro de Petronio" written in 1335 in Spain by Don Juan Manuel. The was a series of 51 short folktales, of which folktale #35 was titled (translated) "What Happened to a Young Man Who Married a Strong and Ill Tempered Woman".  I specifically remember the professor, Dr. Ortega saying that Shakespear based his work on this folktale, as was Kiss Me, Kate. I remember the folktale very well, although there was no spanking in it.

Moving ahead in history, in 1935 the husband and wife acting team of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne were performing The Taming of the Shrew. They were reported to have been battling both on and off stage (and I'd be willing to bet they were spankos, themselves). Loosely based on their portrayal and relationship, a producer hired another husband and wife team, Bella and Samuel Spewack to write this into a play, and in 1947 Kiss Me, Kate was born. (And I'll bet again that the Spewacks were also spankos). Cole Porter wrote the score.

I've also seen several ameture productions - some with decent spanking, some not so good. Crossblog has (or used to have) many productions of Kiss Me, Kate. I think I've seen them all. All are encouraged to watch.

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I have a memory about that :rolleyes:

It was the late 70s...so I was probably 10 or 11...and my dad took me and my friend to this special event at the movie theater...they were showing 3d movies...I'd never seen one before...we got the special glasses and popcorn and stuff... there were some short movies at the start with things like knives and arrows coming right at you...we oohed and ahhed...then the main feature started...it was Kiss Me Kate in 3d...I didn't know anything about the movie...but it seemed like some boring old movie...and as it got into it I started getting a headache from the glasses...so I was kind of zoning out...but then suddenly there was a spanking!! In 3d!! I was riveted... then of course I got very embarrassed...I was convinced EVERYONE in the theater saw how I reacted... I saw the movie again on tv when I was older...and it was actually a very good movie...made even better by the spanking :) But it was even better seeing it for the very first time in a dark theater...in 3d!!

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Thanks for sharing. I enjoy hearing the stories of experiences regarding the awakening....

Books, films, tv, plays, we observed when we were young and their lasting effects.

The thrill , the confusion, the embarrassment. I have never seen Kiss Me, Kate, but now I will.

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Went back to check Chross Blog, ( been a long time).  They still have the Kiss Me, Kate section; 40-something clips from various productions. Some clips are no longer available, but about half can still be watched. Go to "Chross Blog- KMK" if interested. (Too bad the clip from the 1953 movie is no longer available here, but can be accessed elsewhere).

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On 4/20/2022 at 10:06 PM, Painter said:

Thanks for sharing. I enjoy hearing the stories of experiences regarding the awakening.... and Rude Rumps I couldn't help but laugh when you wrote "

Books, films, tv, plays, we observed when we were young and their lasting effects.

The thrill , the confusion, the embarrassment. I have never seen Kiss Me, Kate, but now I will.

Same here... thank you all for sharing!  and Rude Rumps, I couldn't help but laugh when reading what you wrote..  "but then suddenly there was a spanking!! In 3d!! I was riveted... then of course I got very embarrassed...I was convinced EVERYONE in the theater saw how I reacted"  LOL     I think we all feel (felt) that way whenever the S word was heard in public!!

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Quite similar to this, as a child I saw the movie McClintock. Just thought I was going to a western. It was going along OK, and suddenly, there was a spanking? (Apologies to Rude Rumps, we're all stealing her line). Only two spanks (with a coal shovel) shown, the rest off camera. But then, a second, even better spanking, with a longer build up. I was so excited, my heart beating so loud  it felt like it drowned out the movie. 

Even thought I kept these feelings to myself for so long, by then my spanko status was set in stone.

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