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The Night Before the Divorce (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 6 March 1942 (USA)
George Nordyke is married to Lynn, the perfect wife, but is unhappy about it; his wife is so competent that poor George's masculine ego never gets exercised. But along comes a spider with a... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Lola May
Joseph Allen ...
George Nordyke (as Joseph Allen Jr.)
Victor Roselle
Truman Bradley ...
Inspector Bruce Campbell
Hedda Smythe
Lyle Latell ...
Detective Brady
Mary Treen ...
Olga - the Maid
Bert 'Mousey' Harriman
Spencer Charters ...
Small Town Judge
Leon Belasco ...
Leo - the Headwaiter
Tom Fadden ...
Captain Walt
Alec Craig ...
Jitters Noonan


George Nordyke is married to Lynn, the perfect wife, but is unhappy about it; his wife is so competent that poor George's masculine ego never gets exercised. But along comes a spider with a coy approach, Lola May Wayne, and Mr. Deflated files for divorce and ready to set up housekeeping with a new web-master.But, on the eve of the trial (hence the title) an orchestra leader who has been eying Lynn himself, is murdered, and Lynn deliberately draws suspicion upon herself. And, just as he thought, George comes running back to her rescue. George plans to take her to their yacht and sail away to Canada but, curses, the yacht has been de-commissioned, and won't be sailing anywhere. But Lola May has followed them and reports their location to the police. The crime gets solved and George and Lynn decide to forget about the divorce. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

6 March 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La sera prima del divorzio  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Very dated and easy to skip.
31 December 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Night Before the Divorce" is an incredibly dated and sexist film. George is marries to Lynn--a woman who is incredibly bright, lovely and accomplished. Naturally, George resents her because he has a very small....um...I mean he has a very fragile ego. So, when the conniving Lola May sets her sights on stealing away George, he's a very easy mark--and when Lynn finds out, she seeks a divorce. However, before the divorce is final, Lynn falls in the middle of a murder case and George rises to the occasion to protect and defend his now helpless wife. In other words, girls, to keep your man you have to be dumb and subservient...or, get a man who isn't a complete idiot!!! I would hope my daughters would choose the latter!

In addition to the stupid message about how sexism is GOOD, the film also fails in many other ways. The characters are mostly unlikable and the film has very little to distinguish it. It's just a cheap B- movie with a ridiculous plot.

As for the other review on IMDb, they complain about how ratings are inexplicably inflated for many films on the site. I do agree and this movie clearly is NOT the quality of its current 6.1 rating. However, there are far more egregious cases than this---such as how some group has rated all the films of William Haines and Marion Davies 10s...and both were, at best, mediocre actors (Haines, in particular, pretty much made the same movie again and again).

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