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The Divorcee (1930)

Passed  -  Romance | Drama  -  19 April 1930 (USA)
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When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

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Cast

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Ted
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Paul
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Don
Florence Eldridge ...
Helen
Helene Millard ...
Mary
Robert Elliott ...
Bill
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Janice
Tyler Brooke ...
Hank
Zelda Sears ...
Hannah
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Dr. Bernard
Judith Wood ...
Dorothy (as Helen Johnson)
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Storyline

Jerry and Ted are young, in love, and part of the New York 'in-crowd'. Jerry's decision to marry Ted crushes a yearning Paul. Distraught Paul gets drunk and wrecks his car, disfiguring young Dorothy's face in the process. Out of pity, Paul marries Dorothy. Years later, the apparent perfect marriage of Ted and Jerry falls apart from infidelity on both sides. Inwardly unhappy, popular Jerry lives a party life while Ted sinks into a life of alcoholism. Jerry then runs into Paul, who still loves her. After spending time together with Jerry, Paul plans to divorce Dorothy. When Jerry sees Dorothy again, she has second thoughts about where her life is heading. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Talking Picture!

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

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Release Date:

19 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Divorciada  »

Box Office

Budget:

$340,691 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Ursula Parrott's novel "Ex-Wife" was a runaway bestseller in 1929. MGM was a little wary of being too closely associated with such a racy novel so did not credit the source book directly. Instead the screen credit reads "Based on a novel by Ursula Parrott". See more »

Goofs

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Quotes

Don: A man should be willing to lay down more tha one wife for his country.
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Soundtracks

Singin' in the Rain
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Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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Excellent relationship and karma movie
25 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, it's in black and white and if you're used to computer animation and pyrotechnics, it'll seem "different." I thought it was sensitive and insightful and mirrored some of real life's difficult lessons. I thought it moved quickly and was very engaging. The fact that it was made in 1930 and was still as good as it is is a testimony to the screenplay and the underlying themes. If you like any variety of chick-flicks, you'll like this movie. If you have any interest in relationships, you'll like this movie. If you watch the movie and you don't like it because it's not in color, there are no special effects, etc. then you need to get used to these old movies. Some of them are fabulous, and this is one of them. I shouldn't focus on the dating of it, but I enjoy considering the fact that this was made in 1930. This is 2005 and things haven't changed much, if at all.

By the way, the acting was very good.


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