The first update of this year
For the first update of 2012 I chose Valerie Hobson's scene in the British movie Meet Me Tonight (1952). It was my holy grail for at least 5 years (since the day I first saw Valerie in The Bride of Frankenstein). Several days ago I got it thanks to Kenny who uploaded it for me. I normally don't post video that weren't edited by me but this great scene must be an exception. To my surprise I found out that it not only features Valerie and her film husband bound and gagged but there is also another short scene with Jessie Royce Landis who is bound and gagged by the same "villain".
The couple Stella and Toby Cartwright (Valerie Hobson and Nigel Patrick) desperately need money. When they find out that their servant Murdoch decided to rob the house they are staying they suggest that he could tie them up and gag them and split the money with them. He agrees and while he is stealing the money from Mrs. Olive Lloyd Ransome (Landis), Mr. Cartwright binds lovely Stella. Once Murdoch is back he binds Toby as well and then he gags both of them. Their gags are delightful. He stuffs white handkerchieves in their mouths first and then he ties scarves over their mouths as well. The gags are very tight. But at this point everything goes wrong. He decides to cheat the couple and leave with all the money. Fortunately he is caught by a policeman outside the house and we can enjoy final romantic moment when Stella and Toby (still gagged) kiss each other.
Why do I love this scene so much?
1.) Valerie Hobson is my favorite actress and one of the most gorgeous actresses of 1930's - 1950's.
2.) I have a weakness for couples in distress.
3.) I have a weakness for couples in distress who voluntarily ask to be bound and gagged.
4.) The scene is funny and includes a lot of talking about gags etc.
5.) Valerie Hobson is a great actress and she looks like she is really enjoing being tied up and gagged. Her smiling under the gag and her eyes expressions are really beautiful.
There is also another version of this scene with Joan Collins from the 1990 remake on youtube. In my opinion Hobson's is better. However you can compare it here: