The Gay Divorcee Overview:

The Gay Divorcee (1934) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Mark Sandrich and produced by Pandro S. Berman.

The film was based on the musical Gay Divorce written by Dwight Taylor performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, NY & Shubert Theatre, NY from Nov 29, 1932 - Jul 1, 1933.

Academy Awards 1934 --- Ceremony Number 7 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Art DirectionVan Nest Polglase, Carroll ClarkNominated
Best Music - ScoringRKO Radio Studio Music Department, Max Steiner, head of department (Score by Kenneth Webb and SamueNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Con Conrad; Lyrics by Herb MagidsonWon
Best PictureRKO RadioNominated
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The Gay Divorcee (1934): The Astaire & Rogers Foolproof Formula

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 5, 2020 From 4 Star Films

The plots to the Astaire and Rogers musicals are usually deceptively simple. Thus, thanks be to their dancing transcending it all. The affair opens in some posh corner of Europe where the always dithering Edward Everett Horton is sitting with Fred Astaire who has to prove his identity to get out of ... Read full article


Musical Monday: The Gay Divorcee (1934)

on Feb 27, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: “The Gay Divorcee̶... Read full article


The Gay Divorcee (1934)

By smumcountry on Dec 30, 2016 From Smum County

December 30, 2016 by smumcounty With the recent release of ?La La Land? (2016) in theaters, the first big budget musical in many moons, it got me thinking about what makes a great musical and what attracts people to them, or, at least, used to attract people to them. With this in mind, let?s look at... Read full article


The Gay Divorcee (1934)

on Jul 27, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

The final week of The July Five is upon us. But don’t be too sad…we’re gonna end ?the month dancing with the illustrious duo, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers! I’ve included several of their films on previous TCM Top Ten lists, but have only seen one, The Barkleys of Broadway (... Read full article


The Gay Divorcee (1934)

By Cameron on Jun 25, 2014 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://thegaydivorceehuey.blogspot.com/p/posterslobby-cards.html Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own Before Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were “Fred and Ginger,” they made this movie. It wasn’t their first film together; that honor goes to 1933’s Flying Down t... Read full article


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Quotes from

Guy Holden: [singing] It's just like looking for a needle in a haystack. Searching for a moonbeam in the moon. Still I've gotta find you. It's just like looking for a raindrop in the ocean. Searching for a dewdrop in the dew. Still I've gotta find you. I'll roam the town in hope that we'll meet. Look at each face I pass on the street. Sometimes I feel the beat of your feet. But it's just imagination. Though it's like looking for a needle in a haystack. Still I'll follow every little clue 'cause I've gotta find you.


Rodolfo Tonetti: Rodolfo Tonetti at your service.
Egbert Fitzgerald: Yes... well, I am Mr. Fitzgerald.
Rodolfo Tonetti: Mr. Fitzgerald? [shaking hands] Oh, I'm delightful!


Mimi Glossop: He seemed so different.
Aunt Hortense: Oh there's nothing different about any of them -- except their neck ties.


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Facts about

The bugle call at the beginning of the "Don't Let It Bother You" dance was developed from clowning during rehearsals, and became an in-joke in future Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films.
The second (of ten) dancing partnership of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
This was the first film to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, "The Continental". Oscar statuettes were won by Con Conrad (music) and Herb Magidson (lyrics) as 1934 was the first year when an Oscar for this category was introduced.
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