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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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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


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: Can I offer you anything? Frosted chocolate? Cointreau? Benedictine? Marriage?
Mimi Glossop: What was that last one?
Guy Holden: Benedictine?
Mimi Glossop: No, the one after that.
Guy Holden: Oh, marriage?
Mimi Glossop: Do you always propose marriage as casually as that?
Guy Holden: There is nothing casual about it. In fact, I've given it long and sincere thought.


Mimi Glossop: I hope you like what I ordered. I've never had breakfast with two men before.
Guy Holden: I've tried it. It's no fun.


Mimi Glossop: [singing] Beautiful music... Dangerous rhythm... It's something daring, The Continental. A way of dancing that's really 'entre nous'. It's very subtle, The Continental, because it does what you want it to do. It has a passion, The Continental. An invitation to moonlight and romance. It's quite the fashion, The Continental, because you tell of your love while you dance. Your lips whisper so tenderly. Her eyes answer your song. Two bodies swaying, The Continental, and you are saying just what you're dreaming of. So keep on dancing, The Continental. For it's a song of romance and of love. You kiss while you're dancing... The Continental, it's continental. You sing while you're dancing. Your voice is gentle and sentimental. You stroll together arm in arm. You non-challantly glide along with grace and charm. You will find while you're dancing that there's a rhythm in your heart and soul -- a certain rhythm that you can't control and you will do the Continental all the time.


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Facts about

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.
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 jumpsuit that Betty Grable wears in the "Let's Knock Knees" dance number was a garment previously worn by Dolores del Rio in Flying Down to Rio.
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