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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 »
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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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Chance Is the Fool's Name for Fate See more (45 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:
Aunt Hortense:[Going with Mimi to check into the hotel] Oh, Egbert, are you coming with us?
Egbert Fitzgerald:What? Hortense, oh my. You can't remain with her. This is supposed to be a clandestine affair. You can't have a clandestine affair between three people!
Aunt Hortense:[laughing] Oh, that's what you say!
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Chance Is the Fool's Name for Fate, 27 October 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

After staying in Paris on vacation, the American dancer Guy Holden (Fred Astaire) and his Londoner lawyer friend Egbert Fitzgerald (Edward Everett Horton) return to London by ship. Guy meets the wealthy American blonde Mimi Glossop (Ginger Rogers), who is traveling with her aunt Hortense Ditherwell (Alice Brady), in the harbor and Mimi asks him to call her aunt to open her luggage since her dress is trapped in the trunk. Guy tries to release her dress but he accidentally rips Mimi's dress. Guy lends his overcoat to her expecting to receive it back with a thank-you note with her name and address, but Mimi returns the coat without any card.

Meanwhile, Hortense seeks out Egbert, who is replacing his father in the office, expecting to get the divorce of Mimi and her husband, the geologist Cyril Glossop (William Austin). However, Cyril advises that it would be difficult to make Cyryl accepting the divorce and he suggest to Mimi to hire the "correspondent" Rodolfo Tonettito (Erik Rhodes) to stay with her in a hotel room. Meanwhile, Egbert would hire private eyes to arrive in Mimi's room and surprise the couple, forcing the divorce of Mimi and Cyril.

Egbert gives a password to Tonettito to identify Mimi and uses a sentence created by Guy – "Chance Is the Fool's Name for Fate". Mimi believes that Guy is her correspondent and stays with him in her room. When Tonettito arrives in her room, the disappointed Mimi learns the truth and feels better. But she is still married and can not marry Guy.

"The Gay Divorcée" is a great classic musical, with Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire shining and dancing. The long song "The Continental" was awarded with the Oscar of Best Music in 1935 and it is delightful to see the choreography of the dance.

In IMDb Trivia, there are interesting information about this film that I will not repeat in my review. In addiction, Ginger Rogers drives the mighty Duesenberg Model J, one of the most popular luxury cars as well as a status symbol in the United States and Europe. This car that cost between US$ 20,000.00 to US$ 25,000.00 in 1935 was driven by Clark Gable and Gary Cooper (the rare model SSJ 125), Al Capone, Greta Garbo, Howard Hughes, Mae West, Tyrone Power among others personalities. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Alegre Divorciada" ("The Gay Divorcée")

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