question about panties

george kaplan

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Despite what you may be thinking, this is a serious movie question.
I just watched Operation Petticoat, and it raised a question for me.
Anatomy of a Murder came out in 1959, and according to a book by Peter Bogdanovich, the use of the word 'panties' was the first in a Hollywood film. I don't know if this is true, but they certainly make a big deal of it in the movie.
So, I'm watching Operation Petticoat which came out that same year, and Tony Curtis just throws out a line about 'bras & panties', and no one blinks.
Could the taboo breaking in Anatomy have led to such a casual no big deal usage in Petticoat that quickly? Or was it really not such a big deal like Anatomy made out?
Just wondering.
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Rain

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I've not seen either of those films yet, so I can't answer your question.
However, another question does immediately spring to mind...what was the context in which the word was used in each case?
I would think that if the context was the least bit sexual, that would be a big deal.
ps. How's the DVD of Operation Petticoat?
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george kaplan

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The context in both cases is obviously sexual, although seriously so in Anatomy, and jokingly so in Petticoat.
Operation Petticoat is a non-anamorphic 1.66, but at least it is OAR (there were fears it would be pan & scan), and it looks good on my rp91/pioneer rptv.
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"Anatomy of a Murder" is one of my favorite movies and I have done some reading and research on it. I remember reading somewhere that Jimmy Stewart's father was rather embarassed that his son was starring in a dirty movie, and his opinion was rated more or less on the use of the word "panties".
Also, I believe "Psycho" was the first movie to show a toilet on screen.
It would make an interesting book just documenting all of the taboos that were broken and by what movies.
 

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