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Let Us Be Gay (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 9 August 1930 (USA)
Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her ... See full summary »


Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)


Rachel Crothers (from the play by), Lucille Newmark (additional dialogue) (as Lucile Newmark)




Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Kitty Brown
Rod La Rocque ... Bob Brown (as Rod LaRocque)
Marie Dressler ... Mrs. Bouccicault
Gilbert Emery ... Townley
Hedda Hopper ... Madge Livingston
Raymond Hackett ... Bruce Keene
Sally Eilers ... Diane
Tyrell Davis ... Wallace Granger (as Tyrrell Davis)
Wilfred Noy Wilfred Noy ... Whitman - 1st Butler
William H. O'Brien ... Struthers - 2nd Butler (as William O'Brien)
Sybil Grove Sybil Grove ... Perkins - the Maid
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Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her lackluster appearance, their children and himself. Kitty re-invents herself and becomes a Continental favorite, dressing like a fashion model and behaving gaily. Three years after their divorce, Bob is at the home of a wealthy matron romancing her soon-to-be-married granddaughter, when the matron invites Kitty to a weekend party to steal Bob away from the granddaughter. When Kitty and Bob see each other, neither lets on they have a past, and the party continues as Bob pursues his ex-wife and new conquest equally. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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A new angle on marriage and divorce! How to win back a wandering husband!-The year's finest talkie! (Print Ad- Turtle Mountain Star, ((Rolla, N.D.)) 22 January 1931) See more »


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This film received some of of its rare early telecasts in Salt Lake City 5 February 1958 on KTVT (Channel 4), in San Francisco Friday 21 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), and in Detroit 26 February 1958 on CBET (Channel 9). There is no reliable documentation that it was ever shown in New York, Los Angeles or Philadelphia at this time, most likely because of its age and major market sponsor resistance to some of the pre-code aspects of the film which were not acceptable by mid-1950s standards. Ironically, it's been just these qualities which have endeared it to today's audiences who enjoy an occasional opportunity of viewing it on Turner Classic Movies and/or owning the DVD which Turner released as part of the WB Archive Collection 15 September 2009. See more »


Near the end of the film, just after the children depart with Boucci and their nurse, a shadow of the boom microphone falls across a column to the right of the scene. See more »


Mrs. Bouccicault: Kitty. Kitty, come here!
Madge Livingston: She doesn't hear you. She seems to be absorbed in a man.
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Referenced in Our Blushing Brides (1930) See more »


A La La La Paree
Composer unknown
Played on piano by Norma Shearer
Sung by Norma Shearer, Gilbert Emery, Raymond Hackett and Tyrell Davis
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Dated But Interesting
28 October 2008 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Frumpy housewife Katherine Brown (Norma Shearer) adores her husband Bob (Rod La Rocque). Her every action is dedicated to his comfort. Unfortunately, his roving eyes find other women and in heartbreak, Katherine divorces him. Years later, the two meet again, this time under very different circumstances. Katherine has become a beautiful and charming woman of the world. She is invited to a small party by an eccentric friend (Marie Dressler) to lure Bob away from his latest conquest, the engaged young Diane (Sally Eilers). En route to seducing Bob, Katherine also catches the eyes of all of the men at the party.

Also appearing are Hedda Hopper as the beautiful Madge Livingston and Dickie Moore as Katherine's young son.

This film suffers a bit from early talkie syndrome. The editing is not as slick as it could be, with moments of complete silence and shots with no people in the frame. Sometimes the scenes are confined to one room with very little editing between people. The story is also quite old fashioned, especially the abrupt ending which does not comply with the rest of the film. However, it is worth watching especially for Shearer fans. It is fascinating to see such a startling transformation from an overweight housewife to a gorgeous and elegant woman.

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9 August 1930 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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