Well that sure was a pretty weak Battle Royale now, wasn't it? With just 34 votes cast, this latest edition, this Battle of the Sexes, was the second lowest voter turnout we have seen so far. For those so interested, the battle between sisters Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine, with a mere 28 votes, was the lowest, but we are hear to talk about Spencer Tracy versus long time love, Katharine Hepburn. In the nine films the duo did together, Tracy received billing above Miss Hepburn, in all nine of them. When asked why this was, Tracy was known for stating the simplest of reasons - he was the man. Surprisingly, the quite liberated Hepburn allowed him o get away with this - well, at least in public. Anyway, even though Tracy got top billing in their films, it is Hepburn who takes away the prize in the eleventh Battle Royale - and boy, does she ever run away with it here. Out of those aforementioned (meager) 34 votes, the four time Oscar winner (a record ya know), received 25 of them. Yep, that's right folks, the second-billed Katharine Hepburn won - hands down - by a final tally of 25 votes (or 74% for the more statistically-minded) to Spencer Tracy's rather pathetic nine votes (or just 26%). Incidentally, this was the second worst drubbing anyone has gotten thus far, falling just short of what the Marx Brothers handed to The Three Stooges. Well, at least Tracy still has his manly nine top billings over his lover. That's something, right?
But enough of all that. What I really want to know is, where the hell were are the voters this time around? Well, where the hell were you!? Not talking, huh? Be that way. What I would like to see, when we return in a few days with Battle Royale #12, a battle that will take us to the Jazz age and some pretty sexy bob haircuts, is a lot of voting dammit. A lot of it. I know I have been saying this all along, so why stop now. I would love to see the voter turnout get into the triple digits. I know we can do it - I have faith in my faithful readers. So when the new Battle Royale pops up on Wednesday or Thursday (surely one of those two days), get your vote on - and tell everyone you know to do the same. I know there are more than enough classic film lovers out there to make this a reality. So, here's a-hopin'.