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Writers:
Ursula Parrott (based on a novel by)
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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 »
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Fast, advanced sound and naturalistic acting, and modern themes...terrific! See more (33 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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:
Chester Morris and Robert Montgomery also appeared together in another of 1930's Best Film nominees, The Big House (1930).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:Gee whiz, but I'm glad to see you. Say, I've missed you like the dickens, Helen!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Auld Lang SyneSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fast, advanced sound and naturalistic acting, and modern themes...terrific!, 26 January 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

The Divorcée (1930)

The start of this is such a busy, overlapping party scene in a country house, you can't help but get swept up in it. And if some of the acting or a few of the quips are not perfect, the best moments are really fun and spirited. The naturalism is really refreshing, and pace fast, and the dialog real. Then it spins out of control--the events, not the movie--and before fifteen minutes are up, there's a brief terrible moment that has two or three of the actors exploring an hysteria that a method actor would be proud of. It's intense, great stuff. Get at least that far in.

The rest of the movie follows suit, through quiet and fast moments, and the drama turns to melodrama and back, all pinned together by the ever convincing Norma Shearer. The themes--fidelity and infidelity, love and friendship, the superficial versus the things that matter--give it all something to chew on or laugh at at ever turn.

It's unnecessary to say that this is just two years after the full advent of sound, and it's a very developed, mature element in the movies. In fact, the density of things going on would never have been possible with intertitles, and it must have been a revelation to audiences and movie makers equally. Fast dialog and overlapping events are a natural extension of the theater, of course, but with the ability to shift scenes and zip down wooded roads with the camera is the essence of cinema.

So, in all, for how it's made, for the acting (the best of it), and for the serious, important themes, this is gem, an amazing movie, whatever its hiccups and flaws here and there. I wouldn't miss it.

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