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The Gay Divorcee (1934)




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One of the finest Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals ever made, this film stars Rogers as a woman seeking a divorce. She travels to an English seaside resort, pursued by the love-stricken Astaire, whom she mistakes for the hired correspondent in her divorce case.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By:
Written By: J. Hartley Manners, George Marion, George Marion Jr., Dorothy Yost, Edward Kaufman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 24, 2006
RKO Radio Pictures


Fred Astaire
as Guy Holden
Ginger Rogers
as Mimi Glossop
Betty Grable
as Hotel Guest
Alice Brady
as Hortense Ditherwell
Edward Everett Horto...
as Egbert Fitzgerald
Erik Rhodes
as Rodolfo Tonetti
Eric Blore
as Waiter
Lillian Miles
as Hotel Guest
William Austin
as Cyril Glossop
Paul Porcasi
as Nightclub Proprietor
E.E. Clive
as Customs Inspector
George Davis
as French Waiter
Alphonse Martell
as French Waiter
Charles H. Bisharat
as Call Boy at Dock
Charles D. Hall
as Call Boy at Dock
Art Jarrett
as Vocalist
William Austin
as Cyril Glossop
Charlie Hall
as Messenger at the Doc...
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Critic Reviews for The Gay Divorcee

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Astaire and Rogers are so elegantly in sync that the ill-fitting conventions simply melt away

Full Review… | August 9, 2015

The Gay Divorcee offers a terrific mix of wit, humor, and, of course, song-and-dance.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for The Gay Divorcee

This movie is really funny in some scenes, but the song and dance numbers are silly, and I just couldn't take it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Astaire and Rogers often developed movies around dance numbers. In some cases it is annoying. In this case, it is entertaining. Although someone limited in their acting abilities, the duo comes across as believable and charming.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire were the very personification of the Hollywood dancing team. The film is a comedy of mistaken identitties in which Rogers mistakenly thinks Astaire. in the guise of her supposed lover, is the man who will help her get a divorce.

The film is driven by many wonderful dance sequences. The climax of all Astaire's dancing scenes is the one where his steps seduce Rogers to the strains of Cole Porter's "Night and Day" song and where she finally falls in love with him.

Ginger and Fred are exceptionally and truly are Hollywood's legendary dancing partners.

Cinema Films

Super Reviewer

The Gay Divorcee Quotes

Rodolfo Tonetti: For the women the kiss, for the man, the sword.
– Submitted by Arlene A (4 years ago)
Guy Holden: Chance is the fool's name for fate.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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