Chosen as much for its recognizable star, Joan Crawford, as for its over-the-top mother-daughter relationship, for most of the film there was a pretty low level of engagement from the audience. Some napped, some were lost in their own little worlds, some, like my mom, just quietly watched. Until this scene:
Many of the residents gasped, woke up, or laughed when devil spawn Veda slapped her long-suffering mother Mildred.
Afternoon movies are just part of the program that they use to try to keep the residents engaged. Old Hollywood as therapy. I love it.