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Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance "The Continental".
Waiter (Eric Blore) and professional scoundrel Rodolfo Tonetti (Erik Rhodes)
Waiter (Eric Blore) and professional scoundrel Rodolfo Tonetti (Erik Rhodes)
Betty Grable fingers the ear of Edward Everett Horton.
Betty Grable fingers the ear of Edward Everett Horton.

Thumbnail for The Gay Divorcee (1934) The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 79
Notable as: Musical comedyGenre: Musical, Romance Film, Romantic comedy, Screwball comedy, Musical comedy, Comedy of Errors, ComedyNarrative location: BrightonRuntime: 105 - 107 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: Santa MonicaDirector: Mark SandrichScreenwriter: George Marion, Jr., Dorothy Yost, Edward KaufmanBased on: Gay DivorceMusic: Samuel HoffensteinCinematography: David AbelStars: Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Edward Everett Horton, Alice Brady, Betty Grable, Eric Blore, Erik Rhodes, Charles Coleman, E. E. Clive, Jimmy Aubrey, Paul Porcasi, William AustinProducer: Pandro S. Berman, RKO PicturesStudio: RKO PicturesAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Production Design (Van Nest Polglase)
Academy Award for Best Score, Adaptation or Treatment
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)
Description

The Gay Divorcee is a 1934 American musical film directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It also features Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and Erik Rhodes, and was based on the Broadway musical Gay Divorce written by Dwight Taylor from an unproduced play by J. Hartley Manners, which was adapted into a musical by Kenneth S. Webb and Samuel Hoffenstein. The film's screenplay was written by George Marion Jr., Dorothy Yost and Edward Kaufman. Robert Benchley, H. W. Hanemann and Stanley Rauh made uncredited contributions to the dialogue. The stage version included many songs by Cole Porter, most of which were left out of the film, "Night and Day" being a notable exception. Although the film's screenplay changed most of the songs, it kept the original plot of the stage version. The film features three members of the play's original cast repeating their stage roles - Astaire, Rhodes, and Eric Blore. 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.


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