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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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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!

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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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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Shooting wrapped in only 22 days and surprisingly for MGM, there were no retakes. See more »

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At 30:11, the stole on Jerry's arm moves. See more »

Quotes

Theodore 'Ted' Martin: I'd like to make love to you till you scream for help.
Jerry Bernard Martin: [Putting her hands around her throat to pantomine stifling a scream] Can't scream.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
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Romantic Soap Opera
16 April 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A vivacious and happily married young woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful. Embittered, she embarks on a brief affair of her own. Her marriage soon over, THE DIVORCEE quickly enters a downward spiral of escalating sexual promiscuity. How can she ever regain her husband & the happiness they once knew?

Norma Shearer won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in this well-acted soap opera. Running the range of emotions, she is ably backed up by Chester Morris, Conrad Nagel & Robert Montgomery as the three very different men in her life. (Montgomery exhibits the sophisticated charm which quite shortly would make him one of the biggest stars at MGM.) Zelda Sears, a top writer at the Studio, has the role of Hannah the maid - and she gets some of the best lines.

The very elastic morality of the plot shows the pre-Production Code status of the film, while, oddly, the twin beds in the bedroom of Shearer & Morris point out that not all the restrictions of the initial Hays period had completely died away.

In 1930, talkies were still in their infancy in Hollywood & audio awkwardness was common in many studio's output. At MGM, Norma Shearer's brother Douglas was Recording Director and his department learned their new lessons quickly. Look at the opening scene in THE DIVORCEE, set in the large living room of a mountain lodge. Notice the action & dialogue going on at various levels - with the radio playing `Singing In The Rain' in the background - and it's easy to see that MGM had mastered the mysteries of the microphone.


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