The Gay Divorcee

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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.

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Fred Astaire
as Guy Holden
Ginger Rogers
as Mimi Glossop
Betty Grable
as Hotel Guest
Alice Brady
as Hortense Ditherwell
Edward Everett Horton
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
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All Critics (11)

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

Aug 9, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Oct 13, 2011 | Rating: 75/100 | Full Review…

The second, charming teaming of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, probably his best dancing partner

Mar 9, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Aimed at cheering up a Depression audience--which it does do with animated song and dance numbers.

Aug 15, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

As far as musical comedies go, this one wasn't musical enough.

Apr 15, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Just fast forward to the dance numbers and you'll be in heaven.

Jan 8, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Gay Divorcee

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

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It's a terrific movie and a terrific musical. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers shine throughout. Rogers isn't as charismatic as Astaire is and Astaire doesn't let his charismatic ego overtake Rogers. I guess that is why they work so well together. The plot really bares no meaning except that Mimi Glossop (Rogers) is in England seeking a divorce. She meets Guy Holden (Fred Astaire)who is a dancer and is infatuated with Glossop. The plot also deals with hiring a lawyer and to plan a fake adultous relationship. The scenes that really swept me off my feet were the formal dance sequences. This alone should have won big honors because it is perfectly choreographed, the framing is just right, elegant, epic, and straight simple. The extras make the dance routines look so easy and i'm sure those scenes must have took months to master. "The Gay Divorcee" left a smile on my face which few pictures today do.

Brian R
Brian R

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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
Aj V

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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.

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