(Howard Keel spanking Kathryn Grayson in the film musical, Kiss Me, Kate")
MGM signed Kathryn when she was a teenager. They thought they could use her as a rival to Deanna Durbin, a star at another studio. What Kathryn really wanted to do, though, was to sing opera.
I'm not sure why the drawing of the spanking on the poster depicts the two of them in street clothes when the scene takes place on stage during a performance. Maybe it was just an excuse to show off her legs and for the dress to seem to be raised to her knees. Perhaps it seemed more enticing that way. Who knows?
Among her fans, she will be remembered for more than just Kiss Me, Kate. For spankos the world over, though, we thank her and Howard Keel for this wonderful and classic spanking scene. Rest in peace, Kathryn Grayson.