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Gay Divorcee
     

The Gay Divorcee

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Director: Mark Sandrich, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady

Cast: Mark Sandrich, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady

 

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Based on Dwight Taylor and Cole Porter's play of the same name, The Gay Divorcee centers on Mimi (Ginger Rogers), a woman seeking a divorce from her husband. Mimi travels to an English seaside resort, pursued by the love-stricken Guy (Fred Astaire), whom she mistakes for the hired correspondent in her divorce case. Among the many musical numbers featured are

Overview

Based on Dwight Taylor and Cole Porter's play of the same name, The Gay Divorcee centers on Mimi (Ginger Rogers), a woman seeking a divorce from her husband. Mimi travels to an English seaside resort, pursued by the love-stricken Guy (Fred Astaire), whom she mistakes for the hired correspondent in her divorce case. Among the many musical numbers featured are "Night and Day," the only song from the original Broadway musical included in the film, and "The Continental," which won the first ever Academy Award for Best Song. Directed by Mark Sandrich, the film features supporting performances by Alice Brady and Edward Everett Horton.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Gay Divorcee is a good example of Depression-era escapism at its best. The glamorous Ginger Rogers was already a big star and the debonair Fred Astaire was on his way to becoming one. The viewer is treated to a feast of opulence free from the cares of the world -- except the ones necessary to provide the film with a plot. The film's happy ending is welcomingly contrived in a way that protects the morality of the primary characters, providing the audience with a guilt-free, feel-good conclusion. The music and the dancing of Astaire and Rogers are the primary reasons why current-day audiences continue to enjoy The Gay Divorcee. Among the musical highlights is "The Continental," a witty and sophisticated exercise in flirting that brought the first-ever Best Song Oscar to Con Conrad and Herb Magidson.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2006
UPC:
0053939756920
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

2 vintage musical shorts: Show Kids and Star Night at the Cocoanut Grove; Classic cartoon Shake Your Powder Puff; Audio-only bonus: Hollywood on the Air radio promo; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only).

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Guy Holden
Ginger Rogers Mimi Glossop
Alice Brady Aunt Hortense
Edward Everett Horton Egbert Fitzgerald
Erik Rhodes Rodolfo Tonetti
Betty Grable Dancer
Eric Blore Waiter
Charlie Hall Messenger at the Dock
Art Jarrett Actor
Lillian Miles Hotel Guest
Charles Coleman Guy's Valet
William Austin Cyril Glossop
Alphonse Martell French Waiter
Paul Porcasi French Headwaiter
Charles H. Bisharat Call Boy at Dock
E.E. Clive Chief Customs Inspector
George Davis French Waiter

Technical Credits
Mark Sandrich Director
Dave Abel Cinematographer
Fred Astaire Choreography
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Con Conrad Score Composer
Mack Gordon Score Composer
David Gould Choreography
Willaim Hamilton Editor
Samuel Hoffenstein Score Composer
Edward Kaufman Screenwriter
Herb Magidson Score Composer
George Marion Screenwriter
Argyle Nelson Asst. Director
Hermes Pan Choreography
Walter Plunkett Costumes/Costume Designer
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Cole Porter Score Composer
Harry Revel Score Composer
Max Steiner Musical Direction/Supervision
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Kenneth Webb Score Composer
Dorothy Yost Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Gay Divorcee
1. Credits [1:49]
2. Don't Let it Bother You: Song [2:24]
3. Don't Let it Bother You: Dance [4:05]
4. Damsel in Distress [6:49]
5. A Needle in the Haystack [6:22]
6. Traffic for Two [2:41]
7. Countryside Courtship [3:23]
8. Details of Divorce [5:54]
9. Invitation to Brighton [1:40]
10. Let's K-nock K-nees [4:58]
11. Memorable Line [1:30]
12. Heady Waiter [2:16]
13. Mrs. Green [2:02]
14. Tonetti Prefers Spaghetti [3:04]
15. Night and Day [7:21]
16. She'll be Waiting [1:28]
17. He's the Broom [2:45]
18. Keep Your Distance [2:31]
19. Glad but Unstable [:49]
20. Who's That Man? [4:22]
21. The Continental: Song [6:49]
22. The Continental: Dance [5:13]
23. The Continental: Ensemble [2:51]
24. The Continental: Finale [7:39]
25. Igneous Intrusion [1:48]
26. From Mr. Glossop... [4:26]
27. ...to Prof. Brown. [4:09]
28. Dancing Departure [1:46]
29. Cast List [1:27]

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The Gay Divorcee 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
slimikin More than 1 year ago
I find it hard to believe now that I once disliked Fred Astaire. The more of his films that I watch, the more I love his work...and The Gay Divorcee is perhaps my favorite so far. A quintessential example of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musical, The Gay Divorcee provides great dancing, witty repartee, charming music, and a light-hearted romance. Rogers' character is smart and strong-willed, while Astaire's is debonair and a little goofy---as evidenced by my favorite line in the film, and perhaps one of my favorite lines of all time, "Pining? Men don't pine. Girls pine. Men just...suffer." Anyone in the mood for a quirky, quick-witted musical should give The Gay Divorcee a watch.