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Let Us Be Gay (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 9 August 1930 (USA)
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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Cast

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Bob Brown (as Rod LaRocque)
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Mrs. Bouccicault
Gilbert Emery ...
Townley
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Madge Livingston
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Bruce
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Diane
Tyrell Davis ...
Wallace (as Tyrrell Davis)
Wilfred Noy ...
Whitman
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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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Comedy | Drama

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9 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gozemos a Vida  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Bouccicault: Kitty. Kitty, come here!
Madge Livingston: She doesn't hear you. She seems to be absorbed in a man.
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Alternate-language version of Soyons gais (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by Septimus Winner
Sung a cappella by Rod La Rocque with modified lyrics
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Film's A Pushover for Shearer's Makeover
7 January 2002 | by (Forestville, Ca) – See all my reviews

Norma Shearer dazzles as she is transformed from a frump, addle-brained house-wife to an alluring potential divorcee. Most 1930 films have a creaky edge to them -- the camera work is pretty sluggish at times -- but we must forgive these all-talking pleasures for their thump-a-long "qualities". As a guest of the eccentric globe-trotting Marie Dressler -- Shearer mixes with an odd assortment of lovelorn types, including her long-lost husband. The dialogue is fun, oft-times clever and the performances on cue. Shearer and Dressler shine the most. Shearer even shows off her piano expertise in a musical brevity. Her strange, yet appealing posturing and "affair with the camera" are evident throughout -- and she hits every emotional note, genuinely and on target. For its time . . .a good show.


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