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The Divorcee (1930)

Passed | | Romance, Drama | 19 April 1930 (USA)
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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(uncredited)

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(based on a novel by), (treatment) (as Nick Grindé) | 2 more credits »
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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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Romance | Drama

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Release Date:

19 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La divorciada  »

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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

Chester Morris and Robert Montgomery also appeared together in another of 1930's Best Film nominees, The Big House (1930). See more »

Goofs

At 36:44, the glass in front of Jerry moves. It also changes how full it is. See more »

Quotes

Helen Baldwin: Well, anyhow, I've been busting to tell you: What a girl!
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Connections

Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party at the end
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Shearer is Excellent
30 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The scene where Norma Shearer begs Chester Morris to stay together in their marriage is truly riveting and powerful . It is one of the most truly amazing performances on film. I remember being so genuinely blown away by the beauty and power of that performance that I jumped out of my chair to grab the rental box positive she must have won an Oscar, she had. Very sexy movie, Robert Montgomery is smooth as always. I see some people found it hokey or contrived, I did not, The emotions covered here are as relevant today as in 1930. Attractive, complex characters. For the romantic in all of us, where decency and honor will prevail.


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