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The Gay Divorcee -- In one of their best loved, most charming song-and-dance comedies, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers demonstrate just how they became best known as America's greatest dance team.


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Dwight Taylor (from the book by)
Kenneth S. Webb (musical adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
12 October 1934 (USA) See more »
The King and Queen of 'Carioca' See more »
Mimi Glossop wants a divorce so her Aunt Hortense hires a professional to play the correspondent in apparent infidelity... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
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Sublime dancing, hilarious comedy, Art Deco time capsule See more (47 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Guy Holden

Ginger Rogers ... Mimi Glossop

Alice Brady ... Aunt Hortense

Edward Everett Horton ... Egbert 'Pinky' Fitzgerald
Erik Rhodes ... Rodolfo Tonetti
Eric Blore ... The Waiter
Lillian Miles ... Singer - Continental Number
Charles Coleman ... Guy's Valet
William Austin ... Cyril Glossop

Betty Grable ... Dance Specialty
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Ainsley ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jimmy Aubrey ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Finis Barton ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
De Don Blunier ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Cy Clegg ... Porter (uncredited)
E.E. Clive ... Chief Customs Inspector (uncredited)
George Davis ... French Waiter #1 (uncredited)
Charles Dunbar ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Ellison ... Dancer (uncredited)
Claudia Fargo ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Leslie Goodwins ... Baggage Man (uncredited)
Jack Grant ... Porter (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Messenger at Dock (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Dancer (uncredited)
Arthur Jarrett ... Vocalist (uncredited)
Sydney Jarvis ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Vivian Keefer ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lois Lindsay ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
J.G. MacMahon ... Waiter (uncredited)
Alphonse Martell ... French Waiter #2 (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ted Oliver ... Customs Inspector #3 (uncredited)
Paul Porcasi ... French Headwaiter (uncredited)
Sonny Ray ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Dancer - Continental Number (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Dancer / Singer (uncredited)
Cyril Thornton ... Customs Inspector #2 (uncredited)
William Wagner ... Waiter (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Bruce Wyndham ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
Writing credits
Dwight Taylor (from the book by)

Kenneth S. Webb (musical adaptation) (as Kenneth Webb) and
Samuel Hoffenstein (musical adaptation)

George Marion Jr. (screen play) &
Dorothy Yost (screen play) and
Edward Kaufman (screen play)

Robert Benchley  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
H.W. Hanemann  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
J. Hartley Manners  unproduced play "An Adorable Adventure" (uncredited)
Stanley Rauh  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Dwight Taylor  musical play "Gay Divorce" (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William Hamilton 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (costumes by)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
J.R. Crone .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ray Lissner .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ivan Thomas .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Thomas Little .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
George Marsh .... sound cutter
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... rerecorded by
Carl Dreher .... sound director (uncredited)
Robert Wise .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vernon Walker)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Willard Barth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jim Davis .... grip (uncredited)
Fred Hendrickson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Clifford Stine .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Vianna .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
Murray Spivack .... music recordist
Max Steiner .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... music arranger (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... music arranger (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... music arranger (uncredited)
Gene Rose .... music arranger (uncredited)
Eddie Sharpe .... music arranger (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... music arranger (uncredited)
Other crew
Dave Gould .... dance ensembles staged by
Zion Myers .... production associate
Harry Cornbleth .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Peter Croft .... technical director (uncredited)
Bill Hamberry .... projectionist (uncredited)
Ben Holmes .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... researcher (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... assistant dance director (uncredited)
Hermes Pan .... choreographer (uncredited)
Frank Warde .... doll dance director (uncredited)
Trudy Wellman .... continuity (uncredited)
Trudy Wellman .... script clerk (uncredited)
Bill Williams .... photography co-operator (uncredited)
Madeline Wilson .... stand-in: Alice Brady (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"The Gay Divorce" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Continental" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System) (as R C A Victor System)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (Ontario) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1986) (1997) (2007) | USA:Approved (PCA #282)

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The jumpsuit that Betty Grable wears in the "Let's K-nock K-nees" dance number was a garment previously worn by Dolores del Rio in Flying Down to Rio (1933).See more »
Errors in geography: During Guy's conversation with Mimi's aunt, in a seaside hotel in England, a large plant from the cactus family is reflected in silhouette outside the window, making it apparent that the filming was not done on location.See more »
Guy Holden:I was chasing you, you shouldn't run away like that.
Mimi Glossop:Why not?
Guy Holden:It's bad for my health.
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Movie Connections:
The ContinentalSee more »


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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Sublime dancing, hilarious comedy, Art Deco time capsule, 5 June 1999
Author: jacksflicks from Hollywood

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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