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The Gay Divorcee (12-Oct-1934)

Director: Mark Sandrich

Writers: George Marion, Jr.; Dorothy Yost; Edward Kaufman

Based on a book: The Gay Divorcee by Dwight Taylor

Producer: Pandro S. Berman

Keywords: Musical Comedy

Ginger Rogers is Mimi Glossop, who seeks a divorce from her largely absent husband; the plan is to arrange an adulterous affair with an Italian "correspondent" and have it caught in the act. But after he utters the passphrase she mistakes world-renowned danger Guy Holden, played by Fred Astaire, for the correspondent. And of course they fall in love. Although Astaire and Rogers had been paired as second leads in Flying Down to Rio (1933), this is the musical that established the two in the public's eye. Won first Oscar ever for Best Original Song, "The Continental", and received nominations for four other Oscars including Best Picture.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Fred Astaire
10-May-1899 22-Jun-1987 Broadway ballroom dancer
Eric Blore
23-Dec-1887 2-Mar-1959 Sullivan's Travels
Alice Brady
2-Nov-1892 28-Oct-1939 In Old Chicago
Betty Grable
18-Dec-1916 2-Jul-1973 The Girl With the Million Dollar Legs
Edward Everett Horton
18-Mar-1886 29-Sep-1970 Prolific 1930s comedic actor
Erik Rhodes
10-Feb-1906 17-Feb-1990 Top Hat
Ginger Rogers
16-Jul-1911 25-Apr-1995 The Gay Divorcee


Fred Astaire   ...   Guy Holden
Ginger Rogers   ...   Mimi
Alice Brady   ...   Hortense
Edward Everett Horton   ...   Egbert
Erik Rhodes   ...   Tonetti
Eric Blore   ...   The Waiter
Lillian Miles   ...   Guest
Charles Coleman   ...   The Valet
William Austin   ...   Cyril Glossop
Betty Grable   ...   Guest


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