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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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A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Talking Picture!

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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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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

Ursula Parrott sold the movie rights to her novel for an unprecedented $20,000. See more »

Goofs

The beginning of the movie is 1925 shortly before Jerry's marriage, yet, "Singing in the Rain" is playing on the radio. The song was composed for Hollywood Music Box Revue in 1927 and really popularized in MGM's Hollywood Revue of 1929. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Bernard Martin: [Long Kiss] Wooo! My head's going 'round like a pinwheel.
Theodore 'Ted' Martin: And my heart's beating like a steam engine. Feel.
Jerry Bernard Martin: Ha-ha-ha. When did you first start having heart trouble?
Theodore 'Ted' Martin: From the first moment I met you.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in Irving Thalberg: Prince of Hollywood (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on an organ at the wedding of Jerry and Ted Martin
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Witty, heartbreaking, and surprising
10 April 2007 | by agent-tooSee all my reviews

The Divorcée has much more to offer than the melodramatic plot may insinuate. Sparkling performances aside (including Norma Shearer's Oscar-winning turn), the film is full of witty dialogue, risqué subject matter, and a serious, adult look at divorce, not seen again for decades. The film not only showcases the largely-forgotten Shearer beautifully, an actress who continually pushed subject matter and fought for strong roles, but proves itself as a pivotal 1930's Hollywood product. The Divorcée is appreciable as a pre-code, and worth seeing for its unusually bold themes alone, but its surprising and often heartbreaking plot makes it an unusual gem.


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