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A Bill of Divorcement (1932)

Passed  -  Drama  -  30 September 1932 (USA)
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A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Hilary
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Margaret
David Manners ...
Kit
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Sidney
Paul Cavanagh ...
Gray
Henry Stephenson ...
Gayle Evers ...
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Hester
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After spending fifteen years in an asylum, Hilary Fairfield escapes from the institution after regaining his sanity. He finds that things at home are different than when he left them. His wife has divorced him and is already planning her next marriage, and his daughter has grown up throughout the years and is planning to marry as well. Written by Pablo Garcia

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Drama

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Release Date:

30 September 1932 (USA)  »

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A Bill of Divorcement  »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening credit lists Gayle Evers name as Gale Evers, but it was correctly spelled in the final credits. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end, when Sidney convinces her mother to leave, she reaches for her mother's coat, and someone off-camera hands it to her. The hands of the crew member are clearly visible. See more »

Quotes

Sydney Fairfield: It's in our blood, isn't it?
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Crazy Credits

Sydney Fairfield is the name of Katharine Hepburn's character in the film, but ner name is spelled Sidney in the credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in David O. Selznick: 'Your New Producer' (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
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Traditional Christmas carol
Modern lyrics by J.M. Neale (1853)
Sung by carollers on Christmas Eve
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A truly great film
12 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film is amazing, as watching it makes you appreciate that modern films -- specializing in whiz bang special effects, high definition images, beautiful scenery, and calculatedly controversial themes, gags, and images -- lost what this film excels at: simple but profound feelings, humanity, unforced drama, people being noble, and truly great acting. This is a lost art form among the present Prius pushing but Learjet loving, drugged up narcissistic denizens of Hollywood, who want to tell us how to think. The film is not dated, it is emblematic of the era it was made in, between the Wars, just like an historical drama. I tried to buy a copy of this film as I liked it so much, but DVDs seem unavailable. It is a truly great film, made more precious because films of this kind are no longer produced -- it is undoubtedly the nobility of the characters that makes modern Hollywood uncomfortable with the subject matter.


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