The Gay Divorcee

1934

Comedy / Musical

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IMDb Rating 7.6

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Reviewed by jotix100 7

After hearing Fred Astaire put his stamp in a song, it&#39;s hard to imagine anyone else attempting to improve in what seems to be the definite rendition of it. That is the case when Mr. Astaire sings Cole Porter&#39;s elegant &quot;Night and Day&quot;. In pairing Ginger Rogers with Mr. Astaire, Hollywood hit the jackpot as it produced a winning combination that went from film to film with such ease and panache, it will never be imitated.<br/><br/>Mark Sandrich worked with Ms. Rogers and Mr. Astaire in several movies. Somehow, &quot;The Gay Divorcée&quot; is one of their best collaboration. This film is a lot of fun to watch, even after more than 70 years after it was made. It speaks volumes for all the people involved in the production of this movie.<br/><br/>The Great Depression was the right background when movies like this were made. In a way, it was an escape from the harsh realities of the times America was going through. The public went to the movies to see their favorite stars that were shown in such a glamorous roles. How could anyone not admire the great Fred Astaire, always impeccably dressed? Or how could not any woman in the theater envy Ms. Rogers&#39;s beauty and easy grace? That era made it right for Hollywood to show the world a sensitivity and sophistication that only few rich types were able to enjoy in real life, while the rest was trying to eke out a life of whatever work they could find.<br/><br/>The musical numbers are amazing. &quot;The Continental&quot; alone, must have blown the budget of the picture. Imagine how much it would cost today to have all those dancers in a sound stage! Not only that, but in that lengthy number, there are at least four changes of costumes for the women. Also, he is delightful singing &quot;Looking for a Needle in a Haystack&quot;. A young and radiant Betty Grable makes an appearance singing &quot;Let&#39;s K-knock K-knees&quot; in which she shows a bit of her enormous charm and talent.<br/><br/>Ginger Rogers makes a gorgeous Mimmi Glassop. Alice Brady, is perfect as the dizzy Aunt Hortense. Edward Everett Horton plays an excellent Egbert Fitzgerald, the divorce lawyer. Erik Rhodes is one of the best things in the film; his Signor Tonetti injects a funny shot into the movie. Eric Blore, as the waiter, has great moments in the movie.<br/><br/>In setting the film in London and Brighton, a rich texture is added to this winning picture that will remain a favorite that will live forever because of the chemistry that Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire produced in anything they did together.

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Reviewed by Bucs1960 7

Quoting the Eric Blore/Alice Brady interchange in the restaurant, this movie is indeed whimsical (or &quot;whumsical&quot;) and beautiful to boot. There probably has never been a more perfect dance than &quot;Night and Day&quot;....or a more beautiful song to dance to. That is the highlight of this film, although the rest of it is well worth seeing. Erik Rhodes is absolutely hilarious as the paid correspondent and the humor is not dated which is unusual in a film of this age. The &quot;Chance is a fool&#39;s name for fate&quot; routine is priceless. Edward Everett Horton again proves that he is the originator of the befuddled sidekick without being irritating and his little &quot;dance&quot; with a very young Betty Grable is such fun The art deco sets and great 30&#39;s clothes are wonderful and it makes you wish for a time when everybody wore evening dress and danced at the drop of a hat. Don&#39;t miss it...this is one of the highlight Astaire/Rogers efforts.

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Reviewed by jacksflicks 10

It&#39;s astounding that this all-time classic doesn&#39;t get a better average score.<br/><br/>Nureyev said Astaire was the greatest dancer in the world, and Astaire is at his best here with his best partner, Ginger Rogers. No need to elaborate, just watch them in action.<br/><br/>Erik Rhodes should have got Best Supporting Oscar. He was also wonderful in Top Hat, but it&#39;s here he gets to say the immortal line, &quot;Your wife is safe with Tonetti, he prefers spaghetti.&quot;<br/><br/>The clothes and the decor evoke an ideal of courtship as aesthetic rather than as rutting, as it is today. Elegance, grace and wit give even the silliest scenes more dignity than anything, fatuous &quot;talents&quot; can concoct today.<br/><br/>Some call the plot banal, but I think it&#39;s funny and inventive. Sure it&#39;s mistaken identity, which is indeed a cliché, but so what? It&#39;s what they do with it that matters. A professional co-respondent??? Of course it&#39;s silly but Hey, that&#39;s what farce is. And this musical farce is one of the very best.

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