Jean Muir and Olivia de Havilland as Helena and Hermia at each other’s throat in Reinhardt & Dieterle’s 1935 A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
On the right, eavesdropping, is Mickey Rooney’s Puck.
As a smallish woman, I’ve had a lot of fun calling taller friends painted maypoles, when height came into consideration. Taller and English-speaking: I fear that the Italian equivalents “Albero di Maggio” or (more roughly) “Albero della Cuccagna” are unwieldy and not half as effective…
- Top 10 best Shakespearean insults – to celebrate the bard’s birthday (theguardian.com)