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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.




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

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete credited cast:
Helene Millard ...
Tyler Brooke ...
Zelda Sears ...
Dr. Bernard
Dorothy (as Helen Johnson)


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!


Romance | Drama


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Release Date:

19 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La divorciada  »

Box Office


$340,691 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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


Theodore 'Ted' Martin: So why didn't you answer the wires I sent you?
Jerry Bernard Martin: Oh, there was a lot to think about. And the longer you wait, the more sense you get.
Theodore 'Ted' Martin: You know, letting things ride the way you did, certainly whipped me plenty. Boy, you know I imagined all sorts of receptions when I got home.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Norma Shearer (1962) See more »


Tiger Rag
(1918) (uncredited)
Music by The Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Played in the jazz nightclub sequence
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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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