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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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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 »
User Reviews:
Fred & Ginger's first starring role as a team See more (47 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 ... 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)
 
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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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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System) (as R C A 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: Whilst sitting at the night-club table Guy Holden is playing with a hand puppet which he proceeds to remove. The next shot has the puppet on the table and Guy now has his elbow on the table with his fingers against his head. The following shot has his arm stretched across the table.See more »
Quotes:
Guy Holden:You think I'm going to leave you alone with a strange Italian? He might be a tenor!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
A Needle In a HaystackSee more »

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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fred & Ginger's first starring role as a team, 5 April 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

After their hit dancing of the "Carioca" in "Flying Down the Rio," RKO gave the teaming of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers a star role in "The Gay Divorcée" in 1934. With few exceptions, the plots of the Fred-Ginger films were excuses to get to the important part - the dancing - but the story lines were always pleasant and the casting good. "The Gay Divorcée" was based on a Broadway musical (of which the only number retained is "Night and Day") and it appears that a few of its plot devices were adopted in later Astaire-Rogers films as well. One such plot device is that of mistaken identity. In this movie, Astaire (reprising his Broadway role) is mistaken for a professional correspondent hired to help Rogers get her divorce. Another device is that at first, Ginger is never interested in Fred - that goes here, too. And there's a stock cast in these films, namely, Edward Everett Horton and Eric Blore (and of course, he's always the butler and always very funny). Horton plays Rogers' attorney whose major problem is Rogers' aunt (Alice Brady).

What can be said about the dancing except that it's glorious? Fred and Ginger dance to "Night and Day" after Astaire sings it to her. For a supposed non-singer, Astaire could really put over a song - his voice is pleasant and he's so musical - no wonder composers wrote songs for him. Ginger is beautiful and spunky as Mimi, a young woman ducking Fred while she's trying to get a divorce. Betty Grable has a bit that showcases her in the number "Let's K-knock Kneez." There's also "I'm Looking for a Needle in a Haystack" delightfully sung and danced by Fred. Astaire's dancing is fantastic throughout.

It feels as if about half the picture is taken up with the elaborately staged production number, "The Continental." In later films, of course, the dancing would center more around Fred and Ginger, but it's a great part of the movie and certainly solidified these two as a top box office pairing.

For pure enjoyment, there's nothing like watching Astaire & Rogers in these movies.

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