Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Gay Divorcee

1934 American Feature

Cast: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, William Austin and Betty Grable
Director: Mark Sandrich
Writers: Edward Kaufman, George Marion, Jr. and Dorothy Yost with Robert Benchley, H.W. Hanemann and Stanley Rauh (uncredited), based on the stage musical Gay Divorce by Cole Porter (music and lyrics), Dwight Taylor (book), Samuel Hoffenstein and Kenneth Webb (adaptation), based on the play An Adorable Adventure by J. Hartley Manners
Songs: Con Conrad, Mack Gordon, Herb Magidson, Cole Porter and Harry Revel

Rich socialite Mimi Glossop wants a divorce, so her aunt hires a professional co-respondent as her supposed lover. Romantic complications ensue when Mimi mistakes charming dancer Guy Holden, who is smitten with her, for the gigolo.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 100% / Audience: 84%
  • OMG rating: 8 /10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available


  • Academy Award for Best Original Song ("The Continental"); also nominated for Best Picture, Art Direction, Score and Sound Recording.

  • 1932's Gay Divorce was Fred Astaire's last Broadway show. In addition to Astaire, Eric Blore and Erik Rhodes reprised their stage roles in the film.
  • The stage version included songs by Cole Porter, but all but "Night and Day" were cut from the film.
  • The Hays Office insisted on the name change from Gay Divorce to The Gay Divorcee, believing that while a divorcee could be gay or lighthearted, it would be unseemly to allow a divorce to appear so.
  • Casting Call: Helen Broderick.
  • The second of ten movie musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
  • Winner of the first Oscar for Best Original Song.

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