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The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 12 October 1934 (USA)
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets - and falls for - a dashing performer.

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Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald
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Rodolfo Tonetti
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Guy's Valet
William Austin ...
Cyril Glossop
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Storyline

Mimi Glossop wants a divorce so her Aunt Hortense hires a professional to play the correspondent in apparent infidelity. American dancer Guy Holden meets Mimi while visiting Brightbourne (Brighton) and she thinks he is the correspondent. The plot is really an excuse for song and dance. The movie won three Academy nominations and the first Oscar for Best Song: "The Continental", a twenty-two minute production number. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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$520,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System) (as R C A Victor System)

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Trivia

Although "Night and Day" is the only song retained from the show "Gay Divorce" (on which the movie is based), the plotline remained basically the same on stage and film. See more »

Goofs

when at Brightbourne awaiting Mimi Glossop, Edward Evered Horton has a glass on the table in front of him. put there by Eric Blore. In the long shot, looking at Mimi's car, the glass disappears. The next short is a closeup and the glass is back on the table. Then when he gets up to approach Mimi, the glass has disappeared yet again. See more »

Quotes

Guy Holden: [singing and skipping in a circle] The husband is coming! Hooray! Hooray!
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Referenced in Roberta (1935) See more »

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The Continental
(1934)
Music and Lyrics by Con Conrad and Herb Magidson
Song performed by Fred Astaire (uncredited), Ginger Rogers (uncredited), Erik Rhodes (uncredited), Lillian Miles (uncredited)
Dance performed by Fred Astaire (uncredited), Ginger Rogers (uncredited), chorus
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Sublime dancing, hilarious comedy, Art Deco time capsule
5 June 1999 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

It's astounding that this all-time classic doesn't get a better average score.

Nureyev said Astaire was the greatest dancer in the world, and Astaire is at his best here with his best partner, Ginger Rogers. No need to elaborate, just watch them in action.

Erik Rhodes should have got Best Supporting Oscar. He was also wonderful in Top Hat, but it's here he gets to say the immortal line, "Your wife is safe with Tonetti, he prefers spaghetti."

The clothes and the decor evoke an ideal of courtship as aesthetic rather than as rutting, as it is today. Elegance, grace and wit give even the silliest scenes more dignity than anything, fatuous "talents" can concoct today.

Some call the plot banal, but I think it's funny and inventive. Sure it's mistaken identity, which is indeed a cliché, but so what? It's what they do with it that matters. A professional co-respondent??? Of course it's silly but Hey, that's what farce is. And this musical farce is one of the very best.


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