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Director:
Writers:
Dwight Taylor (from the book by)
Kenneth S. Webb (musical adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
12 October 1934 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The King and Queen of 'Carioca' See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(10 articles)
On TCM: Oscar Winner Colbert
 (From Alt Film Guide. 18 August 2014, 8:25 PM, PDT)

Stillman and the art of the courteous comedy
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 20 April 2012, 4:08 PM, PDT)

Romcoms: end of the affair?
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 10 February 2012, 4:06 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
"Distinct Tendencies Towards Terpsichorean Excellence" See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (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 ... Table Extra (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)
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 ... Extra (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 (edited by)
 
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. .... recordist
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)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Gay Divorce" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Continental" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
107 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Certification:
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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Trivia:
Having just insured Fred Astaire's legs for a sum in excess of $300,000, producer Pandro S. Berman was keen to get some use of them so pushed hard for Astaire to team with a new partner. Astaire himself was initially reluctant to embark on a new partnership with a female co-dancer, having just recently split with his sister, Adele.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Tonetti and Guy are tied together after the night in the hotel room, they make a number of moves where they try to go in opposite directions, but are unable to because they are tied together. When the doorbell rings a final time Tonetti goes to answer the door and Guy goes to comfort Mimi, they are no longer tied together.See more »
Quotes:
Egbert Fitzgerald:Your life, Mr. Tonetti, must be full of excitement.
Tonetti:Full of excitement, and full of danger.
Egbert Fitzgerald:Oh, yes, of course... from the husbands.
Tonetti:No, from the ladies.
Egbert Fitzgerald:Oh, how interesting!
Tonetti:But, Tonetti, he know what to do. Yes, sometimes, the lady and I have the conversation... somtimes, I play the concertina... sometimes, I play the solitaire... but, mostly, I practice my singing. At home, my wife, he do not like me to sing.
Egbert Fitzgerald:Unquestionably a woman of great perspicacity.
Tonetti:Oh, si, si, signor, you bet!
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Movie Connections:
Edited into Joan of Paris (1942)See more »
Soundtrack:
The ContinentalSee more »

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47 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
"Distinct Tendencies Towards Terpsichorean Excellence", 14 March 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Guy Holden, the celebrated stage dance star, is touring Europe on vacation. Mimi Glossop is a rich American living in London and is currently in the throes of a divorce. They meet, they dance, they fall in love.

Ginger Rogers was by far the bigger cinema star when RKO Radio teamed her with Fred. She had appeared in 34 films to his 3, and two in the previous year had been smash hits - "Golddiggers" and "42nd Street". This loose borrowing from Cole Porter's Broadway show contains only one of the master's songs, the immortal "Night And Day", and only four other songs in the entire movie - Conrad & Magidson's "Needle In A Haystack" and "The Continental", and Gordon & Revel's "Don't Let It Bother You" and "Let's K-nock K-nees" (featuring an 18-year-old Betty Grable, who had herself featured in no less than eight films in the previous year).

At the depth of the Depression, this sort of film was all the rage - a fantasy of carefree opulence and ease, set in a world of Parisian floorshows, ocean liners and tuxedos. The wit is sharp and the mood flirtatious. What if the film-makers hadn't the first clue about how an English barrister conducts his cases? This is about romance, not professional ethics. What if the terrain of Brighton isn't an igneous intrusion, but in fact a sedimentary accretion? This is about two people's sublime dancing, not geology.

Fred is as always the quintessence of style, a naturally elegant creature, and Ginger is gorgeous. The plot is very well constructed, containing all the misunderstandings associated with musical farce, but developing them with panache. The denouement is both neat and unexpected. There are plenty of girls dancing in the usual geometric patterns, but there is also abundant creativity in the choreography - the playful steps in "The Continental", for example, or Fred's reluctant dance for his supper. Mimi is trying to resist Guy, and has to be drawn into "Night And Day" against her will - an instance of character being expressed through dance. Max Steiner's arrangement of this number is glorious, with its 'tacit', and the swelling fortissimos, and a dainty countermelody in the strings. Ginger sings "The Continental" like an angel, nicely ragging the time.

Inconsequential? No doubt. Frothy? Certainly. A joy to watch? Definitely!

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