The Gay Divorcee

The Gay Divorcee

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In one of their best loved, most charming song and dance comedies, Fred and Ginger demonstrate just how they became known as America's greatest dance team. Includes the Academy Award-winning hit The Continental.
ISBN: 9780780654297
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE GAY
Characteristics: optical,mono
1 videodisc (Not rated)(105 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: 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
Originally released as a motion picture in 1934
From the book by Dwight Taylor


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Jul 09, 2018

You know - When it comes to these completely ridiculous and absolutely unfunny "Screwball" comedies of the 1930's - I sure wish that (for a change of pace) the 2 characters who were destined to become romantically involved would actually start out liking each other in the beginning.

Yeah. And, then - They would steadily grow to detest each other as the story progressed - Instead of it always being the other way around. 'Cause I can't begin to tell you how totally nauseating this whole formulaic "boy-meets-girl" scenario gets. I mean - It's absolutely sickening.

And, I can't believe that the "Depression Era" movie-goers back then were satisfied with Hollywood rubbish like this - 'Cause I think this movie was the worst form of escapism imaginable.

Hollywood must've had a really low opinion of its audiences' intelligence to keep foisting crap like this on them, over, and over, and, over again...... Yawn-to-the-max!

Sep 06, 2015

Another paper-thin plot takes a backseat to the dancing talents of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in this slightly racy tale of romance and infidelity. She plays an unhappily married society girl living in London with her scatterbrained aunt. Since her husband refuses to grant a divorce her lawyer hires an Italian fop to pose as her lover so her spouse will have no choice but to accuse her of adultery. Complications arise however when she mistakes the lawyer’s friend (Astaire), a man already smitten with her, for the hired Lothario. Spectacular song and dance numbers inevitably follow. Edward Everett Horton and Erik Rhodes are the perfect foils as lawyer and gigolo respectively, and Alice Brady manages to steal every scene she’s in as the crazy aunt. But it is the music and dancing that make it all worth watching—a seaside rendition of Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” is as refreshing now as it was then and a grand eighteen minute extravaganza of swirling extras and spinning doors set to “The Continental” managed to nab the Academy’s very first Oscar for Best Song. As inoffensive as a cookie and twice as sweet.


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