In the Navy
In the Navy (1941) is a military service comedy directed by Arthur Lubin and starring the popular comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. This is the third Abbott and Costello film, a follow-up to their hugely successful service comedy Buck Privates (1941). The supporting cast features Dick Powell, Claire Dodd, Dick Foran, and the singing trio The Andrews Sisters.
Bud and Lou are seamen who befriend famous crooner Russ Raymond (Dick Powell). Tired of being hounded by the press and public, Raymond decides to disappear by joining the Navy under an assumed name. All the while, ambitious magazine journalist Dorothy Roberts (Claire Dodd), is intent on finding out what happened to Russ and tries everything she can to track him down.
The spanking scene
Disguised as a chamber maid, Roberts gets into Raymond's hotel room and surreptitiously snaps a photograph of him as well as his induction letter from the Navy. Raymond catches her in the act and a struggle ensues over the camera. Bud and Lou hear the commotion from the hallway and barge into the room to see Raymond giving the girl an over-the-knee hand spanking. The camera has been set up to capture this moment on film and we see the resulting photograph at the end of the scene.
This scene can be viewed online, see Links below.