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The Divorcée (1930)




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Norma Shearer earned an Academy Award for playing the not so gay divorcée in this pre-Code offering based, loosely, on Ex-Wife, a 1929 Ursula Parrott novel. Shearer is Jerry, a socialite who marries handsome Ted (Chester Morris) after a whirlwind courtship. But Ted is not exactly the faithful type and after three years of what she in her naïveté considered marital bliss, Jerry learns of his affair with Janice (Mary Doran). "It meant nothing," Ted assures her but Jerry is devastated and decides to investigate adultery for herself by sleeping with Ted's best friend, Don (Robert Montgomery). When she discovers that the old double-standard still applies, Jerry announces that henceforth Ted, and only Ted, is no longer welcome in her bed. After a string of lovers who mean little or nothing to her, Jerry falls for an old flame, Paul (Conrad Nagel), but when she understands the effect their affair has on Paul's poor disfigured wife, Dorothy (Helen Johnson, aka Judith Wood), Jerry returns to Ted, who still loves her despite it all. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

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Norma Shearer
as Jerry Martin
Chester Morris
as Ted Martin
Robert Elliott
as Bill Baldwin
Mary Doran
as Janice
Zelda Sears
as Hannah, Jerry's Maid
George Irving
as Dr. Bernard
Judith Wood
as Dorothy
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Critic Reviews for The Divorcée

All Critics (8)

A movie about, essentially, the perils of revenge sex (for women, at least).

June 23, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Hysterical early talkie melodrama.

March 3, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

It's doubtful that this melodrama, in which Norma Shearer challenges society's double standards about sexual mores by flirting with several men, could have been made after 1934 due to strictures of the Production Code.

February 16, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Mesmo que supostamente denuncie o machismo da época, o próprio filme é machista, moralista e repleto de personagens desprezíveis, sendo verdadeiramente repugnante.

September 20, 2005 | Rating: 1/5

Refreshingly excited about female sexuality for a Hollywood movie, though pretty tame stuff all in all.

June 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Surpisingly strong, effective early talkie from usually tepid MGM

August 21, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Divorcée

An okay and slightly interesting 30s pic that displays some taboos that you don't see later on after Hollywood decides to be more "moral" in its portrayals. That's about it though. It doesn't stand a chance when compared to modern films about womens' sexuality.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This movie is okay, it's just like a lot of other movies with similar plots about divorced couples, and the predictable happy ending, of course. Not bad, but not good either.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Creaky antique, considering the difference in acting styles between now and then Shearer is good not great and its interesting to see the frankness which the subject is dealt with in this pre-code drama but its hard to understand her decision since her husband is a infantile louse.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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