Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her ... See full summary »

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Bob Brown (as Rod LaRocque)
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Mrs. Bouccicault
Gilbert Emery ...
Townley
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Madge Livingston
Raymond Hackett ...
Bruce
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Diane
Tyrell Davis ...
Wallace (as Tyrrell Davis)
Wilfred Noy ...
Whitman
William H. O'Brien ...
Struthers (as William O'Brien)
Sybil Grove ...
Perkins
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Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her lackluster appearance, their children and himself. Kitty re-invents herself and becomes a Continental favorite, dressing like a fashion model and behaving gaily. Three years after their divorce, Bob is at the home of a wealthy matron romancing her soon-to-be-married granddaughter, when the matron invites Kitty to a weekend party to steal Bob away from the granddaughter. When Kitty and Bob see each other, neither lets on they have a past, and the party continues as Bob pursues his ex-wife and new conquest equally. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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9 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Gozemos a Vida  »

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Shortly before production of this film began, lead actress Norma Shearer found out she was pregnant and would soon be showing. So, filming quickly began and was completed in 26 days. Towards the end of the shoot, she had to keep stomach hidden behind carefully placed furniture and extra fabric in her designer gowns. See more »

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Near the end of the film, just after the children depart with Boucci and their nurse, a shadow of the boom microphone falls across a column to the right of the scene. See more »

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Mrs. Katherine Brown: Oh, my soul! Who's going to pay my loses?
Townley: I shall be delighted. I love to have beautiful women under obligation to me.
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Alternate-language version of Soyons gais (1930) See more »

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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
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from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Hedda Hopper
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Female Stars Loom Large In Small Comedy
13 December 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A rich old lady calls on a flirtatious divorcée to woo a Lothario away from her silly soon-to-be-married granddaughter.

LET US BE GAY is an interesting little domestic comedy which features some tart dialogue (courtesy of celebrated screenwriter Frances Marion) & good performances. While perhaps a bit mawkish at times, this can probably be blamed on the difficulties with early sound technology which tended to limit action & movement.

Norma Shearer can be credited with appearing in this minor film, rather than using her undoubted clout as Irving Thalberg's spouse to insist upon only A-grade pictures. She is especially effective in her first few scenes, where dowdy flat makeup makes her almost unrecognizable. Her extreme transmogrification from goose to swan could only happen in Hollywood, but it's scarcely profitable to spend much time worrying about that.

Rod LaRocque doesn't come off too well as Shearer's adulterous husband. Quite popular during Silent days, the talkies were not especially kind to him and his career would suffer. Here his role is not in the least sympathetic and one has to wonder what masochistic impulse moves women to desire the cad so much.

Magnificent Marie Dressler is on hand as an eccentric Long Island dowager. As a great friend of Frances Marion, one can easily imagine that the part was written expressly for her. Full of cranks & crotchets, she is very humorous. However, the tremendous warmth & essential goodness which would very shortly make her Hollywood's biggest star are largely missing.

Among the supporting cast, Hedda Hopper scores as a slinky society serpent, as does Wilfred Noy playing a comic butler. Movie mavens will spot little Dickie Moore as Shearer's young son & elderly Mary Gordon as her housekeeper, both uncredited.


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