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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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Don
Florence Eldridge ...
Helen
Helene Millard ...
Mary
Robert Elliott ...
Bill
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Janice
Tyler Brooke ...
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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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Romance | Drama

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Release Date:

19 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A 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)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The listing for Robert Z. Leonard as "producer" is actually in lieu of a director's credit. At the time, instead of crediting its directors as such, MGM frequently listed their names as "A nk] Production" on the same card as the main title. Leonard's actual function on this film was director, not producer. See more »

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Jerry types an address on an envelope, but when she seals a letter inside it, the envelope is still blank. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Bernard Martin: Gee whiz, but I'm glad to see you. Say, I've missed you like the dickens, Helen!
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Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
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Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party at the end
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Norma Shearer gives one of the all-time great performances
9 February 2005 | by (Reno, Nv) – See all my reviews

The Divorcée, set in 1930 New York, profiles a pair of party-making revelers amidst an entire circle of friends in high society. . .before and after they dare to turn their lives over to the institution of marriage, which in this world of around the clock carousing is a far cry from what is expected of them by their partying circle of friends. Norma Shearer, in what truly is one of the silver screen's great performances, plays the creatively witty and sweetly charming high society gal Jerry Martin. She can have any man in the group, but chooses Ted. They are married, and enter into an enduring period of romantic fairytale bliss (3 Years). Then, on the eve of their 3rd wedding anniversary everything unravels in a sea of infidelity, bitter honesty, and emotion. Norma Shearer's performance completely enraptures, and in an honest portrayal of ensuing emotional fallout, we see the inner struggles of the modern enlightened woman of her time. Robert Mongomery, in a supporting role, shines as well as the veritable proprietor of the circle of friends and one of the reveling agents of promiscuous redress. The film's direction is interesting, the makeup slightly absurd (it is 1930), and the cinematography non-existent. . .yet Ms Shearer's riveting abilities entrance the audience, and more than carry the day.


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