After the rehearsal, Flynn, understandably peeved, visited Davis in her dressing room. "Bette," he said, "I want to talk to you about something." "Oh, I know perfectly well what you are going to say," she retorted, "but if you can't take a little slap, that is just too bad! I can't do it any other way. That's the kind of actress I am -- and I stress actress!"
Flynn left peacefully but resolved to retaliate if it happened again. When they shot the actual scene, however, Davis's hand did not even make contact, missing his nose by a fraction of an inch. While Flynn was grateful for his co-star's restraint, he was still annoyed by her arrogant attitude.
A few days later the pair found themselves rehearsing another scene. This time, Flynn was called upon to give Davis a playful slap on the back. "I held my hand way out there," he later recalled, "and it went sailing right through her Elizabethan dresses, slappo, smack on her Academy Award behind." Davis was furious. Flynn, on the other hand, was unrepentant. "I'm awfully sorry," he explained. "I don't know how to do it any other way..."
Davis never spoke to Flynn in a non-professional capacity again.