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December 23, 2022

Merry Christmas From Ida & Santa!

Oh Ida, you are a naughty little girl! Spanking Santa during the Warner Brothers’ holiday party seems to be a surefire way to get a lump of coal in your stocking, and you know how hard it is to get nylons at the end of 1942!

When Old Saint Nick appeared on the sound stage that December day, Miss Lupino was in the midst of filming the rather troubled production of Devotion, a glossy take on the purported romantic lives of those gifted artistic siblings, Emily (Ida Lupino), Charlotte (Olivia de Havilland), Anne (Nancy Coleman), and Branwell Brontë (Arthur Kennedy).

Maybe this photo op gave Ida Lupino a much needed chance to vent her understandable frustration during the making of this picture.

Ida Lupino, Warner Brothers star, delivering a few wallops to Santa Claus’ spankable rear extremity for the jolly spirit of Christmas, 1942.

Ida Lupino tickling Santa’s beard and congratulating him on his 1,600 birthday in December 1942.

(Photos: Getty Images)


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