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Divorce (1945)

Not Rated | | Drama | 18 August 1945 (USA)
A woman who has been married and divorced five times comes back to her small hometown, where she proceeds to complicate, and potentially destroy, the marriage of her childhood boyfriend.

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Dianne Carter
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Bob Phillips
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Martha Phillips
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Jim Driscoll
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Bill Endicott
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Liz Smith
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June Endicott
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Ellen
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Michael Phillips
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Robby Phillips
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Harvey Hicks
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A woman who has been married and divorced five times comes back to her small hometown, where she proceeds to complicate, and potentially destroy, the marriage of her childhood boyfriend.

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LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT...she steals men's hearts!

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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in Los Angeles Saturday 17 December 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4), and in New York City Wednesday 17 May 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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In the newspaper headline closeup, only the headline ("Phillips and Carter in Police Raid") has a correct first paragraph. The remainder of the story, as well as the other stories ("Meteroite Falls Near Baby" and "Cop Gets Medal") consist entirely of text from a textbook on economics. See more »

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Not very good
6 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Give Kay Francis some credit - she went where she could find work. After sticking out a Warners contract where all Warners wanted was to get rid of her, Francis did some films for Monogram, a few notches down from Warners, MGM and the like. "Divorce" was one such vehicle.

The story concerns a four-time divorcée, Diane Carter(Francis) who goes back to her home town. She meets an old beau of hers (Bruce Cabot), a happily married man, and she agrees to back him in a business opportunity. His wife (Helen Mack) feels threatened by Diane, becomes jealous, and when her husband lets her and their two children down a few times, they divorce. Then he really does take up with Diane.

I didn't think this film was good. For one thing, that marriage went sour mighty quickly, and the wife didn't fight for her husband at all. She just gave up. They have two small children who adore their father, and both husband and wife allow the divorce to take place. Ridiculous. Also, the wife tears up the alimony checks and goes to work. Fine, but again, what about the kids? She didn't need money for them? Pride can only be taken so far. The movie doesn't flesh anything out - was the guy just dazzled by Diane's glamor, flattered by her attention, so engrossed in business he let things slide at home? Or did he just no longer care for his wife? I think he was still in love with his wife and needed a kick in the rear. As for Diane's motives - well, it looked to me like once she saw an opening, she went for it.

I didn't like anyone in this film except those poor kids, and I didn't care what happened to Diane, her ex-boyfriend or his wife. No wonder Kay Francis retired.


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