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The Divorcee (1930)

Passed | | Romance, Drama | 19 April 1930 (USA)
When a woman discovers that her husband has been unfaithful to her, she decides to respond to his infidelities in kind.

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

Ursula Parrott (based on a novel by), Nick Grinde (treatment) (as Nick Grindé) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Jerry
Chester Morris ... Ted
Conrad Nagel ... Paul
Robert Montgomery ... Don
Florence Eldridge ... Helen
Helene Millard ... Mary
Robert Elliott ... Bill Baldwin
Mary Doran ... Janice Meredith
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Hank
Zelda Sears Zelda Sears ... Hannah
George Irving ... Dr. Bernard
Judith Wood ... Dorothy (as Helen Johnson)
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Storyline

Jerry and Ted are young, in love, and part of the New York 'in-crowd'. Jerry's decision to marry Ted crushes a yearning Paul. Distraught Paul gets drunk and wrecks his car, disfiguring young Dorothy's face in the process. Out of pity, Paul marries Dorothy. Years later, the apparent perfect marriage of Ted and Jerry falls apart from infidelity on both sides. Inwardly unhappy, popular Jerry lives a party life while Ted sinks into a life of alcoholism. Jerry then runs into Paul, who still loves her. After spending time together with Jerry, Paul plans to divorce Dorothy. When Jerry sees Dorothy again, she has second thoughts about where her life is heading. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Talking Picture!

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ex-Wife See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$340,691 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New Haven CT Monday 19 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), followed by Memphis Thursday 22 August 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13); it first aired in Norfolk VA 29 November 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Portland OR 6 January 1958 on KGW (Channel 8), in both Philadelphia and in Honolulu 16 February 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6) and on KHVH (Channel 13), in Indianapolis 21 May 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13), in Baltimore 6 June 1958 on WJZ (Channel 13), in Portland ME 29 June 1958 on WMTW (Channel 8), in Greenville SC 18 July 1958 on WFBC (Channel 4), in Windsor ON (serving Detroit) 23 July 1958 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Kalamazoo 26 July 1958 on WKZO (Channel 3), in Cincinnati 13 August 1958 on WLW-T (Channel 5), in Miami 29 December 1958 on WCKT (Channel 7), and, finally in San Francisco 7 September 1959 on KGO (Channel 7). Although its age and notoriously pre-code point of view caused New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago sponsors to give it their seal of disapproval, it obviously found favor the less predominant markets, and has since become a favorite with an entire new generation on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies where it currently enjoys frequent flyer status. See more »

Goofs

At 30:11, the stole on Jerry's arm moves. See more »

Quotes

Ivan: Tell me the truth.
Jerry Bernard Martin: The truth?
[laughs]
Jerry Bernard Martin: The last thing any man wants to hear from any woman!
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also released this film in a silent version. No details are available. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Norma Shearer (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Played at the New Year's Eve party at the end
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Excellent relationship and karma movie
25 August 2005 | by chris-2701See all my reviews

OK, it's in black and white and if you're used to computer animation and pyrotechnics, it'll seem "different." I thought it was sensitive and insightful and mirrored some of real life's difficult lessons. I thought it moved quickly and was very engaging. The fact that it was made in 1930 and was still as good as it is is a testimony to the screenplay and the underlying themes. If you like any variety of chick-flicks, you'll like this movie. If you have any interest in relationships, you'll like this movie. If you watch the movie and you don't like it because it's not in color, there are no special effects, etc. then you need to get used to these old movies. Some of them are fabulous, and this is one of them. I shouldn't focus on the dating of it, but I enjoy considering the fact that this was made in 1930. This is 2005 and things haven't changed much, if at all.

By the way, the acting was very good.


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