11 user

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.


William Nigh


Harvey Gates (screenplay) (as Harvey H. Gates), Sidney Sutherland (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Ian Hunter
Guilty Hands (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A district attorney commits the perfect murder when he kills his daughter's womanizing fiancé and then tries framing the fiancé's lover.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Lionel Barrymore
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Kay Francis, Madge Evans
Mandalay (1934)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Abandoned by her lover, a woman becomes the main "hostess" in a decadent nightclub, but tries to put her past behind her on a steamer to Mandalay.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Warner Oland
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A theatrical star abruptly leaves England to escape her secret past, while a newspaper reporter follows her trail to America to get the scoop.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Paul Lukas
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Art student John Hayden interrupts his studies in Greece to head his father's meat packing business on his father's death. He marries social climber Martha who taunts him for his ideals ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Kay Francis, Edward G. Robinson, Genevieve Tobin
Certificate: Passed Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

This movie opens in 1905, when showgirl and daughter of a deceased gambler Peggy Martin falls in love with Monte Van Tyle and breaks the news to lover Fiske that she is leaving him. She and... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Gene Raymond
Confession (1937)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Aging down on her luck cabaret singer murders a respectable composer. On trial she slowly gives in and explains her crime. They had a complicated history.

Director: Joe May
Stars: Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Ian Hunter
Jewel Robbery (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh
Comedy | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A girl and her boyfriend are suspected of murdering her employer. They have to clear their names and find the real killer.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Jean Parker, Peter Cookson, Tim Ryan
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Terry Parker (George Brent) is shattered by the crash of his airplane which killed his parents and sister, and adopts a listless attitude toward life. But romance enters in the person of ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: Kay Francis, Warren William, George Brent
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The operators of a bankrupt carnival sideshow hope to restore their fallen fortunes by staging a fake 'public wedding' in the mouth of their unprofitable giant whale. But the intended '... See full summary »

Director: Nick Grinde
Stars: Jane Wyman, William Hopper, Dick Purcell


Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Dianne Carter
Bruce Cabot ... Bob Phillips
Helen Mack ... Martha Phillips
Jerome Cowan ... Jim Driscoll
Craig Reynolds ... Bill Endicott
Ruth Lee Ruth Lee ... Liz Smith
Jean Fenwick ... June Endicott
Mary Gordon ... Ellen
Larry Olsen ... Michael Phillips
Johnny Calkins ... Robby Phillips
Jonathan Hale ... Judge Conlon
Addison Richards ... Attorney Plummer
Leonard Mudie ... Harvey Hicks
Reid Kilpatrick ... Dr. Andy Cole
Virginia Wave Virginia Wave ... Secretary


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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




Not Rated | See all certifications »






Release Date:

18 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Divorcio See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Final film for Helen Mack. See more »


Dianne receives a telegram on the train addressed to her in Hillsboro, Illinois - not addressed to her on the train - before she even arrives in town. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Kay Francis is terrific in a good but not so terrific movie
3 September 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Divorce (1945)

A direct look at divorce (and marriage) with the distinct view that divorce is a shame. In fact, the first short part of the movie is a bit of moralizing by a (male) judge, laying the guilt on a woman for using the "wrong" discipline on her son, and for complaining that her husband locked her up in her room. It's hard to take, if you take it seriously. But this prelude is really only a set-up for a plot that begins, indirectly with the same judge, about a woman who has been through quite a number of divorces.

And this woman, Diane, is played by the real great actress of the movie, Kay Francis, who also co-produces. That is, this is her movie, and she doesn't mind being a kind of charming villain, breaking into a happy family like a worldly urbane siren, apparently irresistible. She's terrific. But you worry very much about the "other" woman, Martha, the simpler but more pure one, played with real angst by Helen Mack, who I'd never heard of, but who had a full career in the 1930s. A shame to see that this was her last film.

1945 is of course the year the War ended, and this movie is an alternate take on the film noir version of the G.I. returning to a changed world, unable to adjust. Here it is not a bit fanciful or infested with crime and visual drama. No, this is the real deal, and it might strike some as a little ordinary at times, but for me this helped it enormously. The sincerity of everyone, and the straight up acting by the whole cast, is perfect for the theme. Diane, it turns out, is a true femme fatale, but made so everyday and believable you can't really call her that fairly.

The point overall is paying attention to what matters in your relationship--especially appreciating that old fashioned husband-wife relationship, with children and home and so on. It's persuasive because it sets things up to be persuasive, even though Diane is a powerhouse and a successful women, something everyone appreciates. Everyone except Martha. The man between these two women is a bit of a follower. He arrives back from fighting to his wife and children and he's still a soldier somehow, not coping, but wanting to cope. If there's a weakness here, it's him, not just the actor Bruce Cabot, but the role, which is too passive to give it life.

The movie, though, works overall. It not only makes its moral point, but it creates a sense of how the transition of men back home might have been, a kind of precursor to the more famous film about these themes a year later, "The Best Years of Our Lives."

5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed