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Writers:
Ursula Parrott (based on a novel by)
Nick Grinde (treatment) ...
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Release Date:
19 April 1930 (USA) See more »
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A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Talking Picture!
Plot:
When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Romantic Soap Opera See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Norma Shearer ... Jerry

Chester Morris ... Ted
Conrad Nagel ... Paul

Robert Montgomery ... Don
Florence Eldridge ... Helen
Helene Millard ... Mary
Robert Elliott ... Bill

Mary Doran ... Janice
Tyler Brooke ... Hank
Zelda Sears ... Hannah

George Irving ... Dr. Bernard
Judith Wood ... Dorothy (as Helen Johnson)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neal Dodd ... Hospital Minister (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... First Porter Opening Window (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Reed ... Second Porter (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Divorce Judge (uncredited)
Jack Trent ... Helen's Bridge Partner (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Ivan (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Ursula Parrott (based on a novel by)

Nick Grinde (treatment) (as Nick Grindé) and
Zelda Sears (treatment)

John Meehan (continuity and dialogue)

Produced by
Robert Z. Leonard .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (photographed by) (as Norbert Brodin)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn (film editor)
Truman K. Wood (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
James Brock .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
84 min (copyright length) | USA:82 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (video rating) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
"The Divorcee" is one of the few films made by actress Florence Eldridge, who plays Helen, that did not also feature her far more famous husband, actor Fredric March.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:I've balanced our accounts.See more »
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Soundtrack:
You Were Meant For MeSee more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Romantic Soap Opera, 16 April 2000
Author: Ron Oliver (revilorest@juno.com) from Forest Ranch, CA

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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