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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)

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High point of Astaire and Rogers 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:
This was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, "The Continental". Oscar statuettes were won by Con Conrad (music) and Herb Magidson (lyrics) as 1934 was the first year when an Oscar for this category was introduced.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:
Mimi Glossop:Oh, here you are Hortense. I've just had the most embarrassing experience. A man tore my dress off!
Aunt Hortense:My goodness! Anyone we know?
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Soundtrack:
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
High point of Astaire and Rogers, 22 January 2000
Author: Minty-5 from Sydney, Australia

Fred and Ginger, two perfect partners, two of the best dancers in history. In 1934, the toast of RKO. What a great pair the studio that would become defunct in a matter of years had on their hands!

In 1933, the pair had proven themselves as second leads in "Flying Down to Rio", a musical heavily relying on special effects and little else. They stole the show, proven with "The Carioca", the erotically charged dance number which started an American craze of pressing foreheads and even got the Best Song Oscar nod over the supposed show stopping title song. Before, Ginger had "42nd Street" to her name, while Fred had the famous screen test analysis of "Can't sing. Can't act. Can dance a little."

"The Gay Divorcee" is the establishing musical of Astaire and Rogers. Silly, dated, slight, even stupid to a certain degree is the entire story. Without a doubt, high comedy and immense creativity make up for it. The mistaken identity plot was recycled for "Top Hat" the following year, but it hardly matters. It is littered entirely with hilarity! Writing was never the strongest point of these musicals anyway. The performances were not Oscar calibre but they were publicly loved, and it's obviously Astaire and Roger's singing, acting and most of all, dancing, that makes the movie what it is.

A top wealth of talent was assembled for the movie. Erik Rhodes is absolutely side splitting as the Italian guy Tonetti, wielding the fabulous line, "Your wife is safe with Tonetti, he prefers spaghetti!". Alice Brady is there as Aunt Hortense, but Edward Everett Horton is another stand out performer as the lawyer. His fumbling voice provides a character of clumsiness and two seem to go hand in hand. He was definitely one of the best supporting comedians of the 1930s and 1940s, in other Astaire and Rogers musicals, and movies like "Lost Horizon", "Holiday", "Here Comes Mr Jordan" and "Arsenic and Old Lace".

Only one song was retained for the filmic version of "The Gay Divorcee". The censors even crashed down on the stage's original title "The Gay Divorce". Fred performs a great rendition of the immortal Cole Porter song "Night and Day". "The Continental", the Best Song of 1934 is thrown there in the mix too. Other great numbers in there include "Looking for a needle in a haystack", "Don't Let it Bother You" and "Let's K-nock- K-nees". The latter is performed by a young Betty Grable. This is notable for the only time Edward Everett Horton sings and dances on screen. We can see from the results there's an obvious reason.

The stylish period of courtship and even set decoration and costumes evoke great memories of eras gone by. RKO hasn't helped preservation of these technical elements by throwing what always appears to be mediocre sets, but it doesn't matter anyway. The whole thing is irresistible, spectacular and unforgettable. This is one of the forgotten musicals of the time which has it all.

Rating: 8/10

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