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Genre  Romance, Drama
Country  United States
6.9/10 IMDb

Director  Robert Z. Leonard
Music director  Jack Yellen, Milton Ager
Language  English
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Writer  Nick Grinde, Zelda Sears, John Meehan
Release date  April 30, 1930 (1930-04-30) (United States)
Based on  Ex-Wife  by Ursula Parrott
Screenplay  Zelda Sears, John Meehan, Nick Grinde
Cast  Norma Shearer (Jerry Martin), Chester Morris (Ted Martin), Robert Montgomery (Don), Conrad Nagel (Paul), Florence Eldridge (Helen Baldwin), Helene Millard (Mary)
Similar movies  Boyhood, Burn After Reading, Clouds of Sils Maria, Thank You for Smoking, The Hunt, Manhattan
Tagline  A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer All Talking Picture!

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The Divorcee is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film written by Nick Grindé, John Meehan, and Zelda Sears, based on the novel Ex-Wife by Ursula Parrott. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. The film was also nominated for Best Picture and won Best Actress for its star Norma Shearer.


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Ted (Chester Morris), Jerry (Norma Shearer), Paul (Conrad Nagel), and Dorothy (Helen Johnson) are part of the New York in-crowd. Jerry's decision to marry Ted crushes Paul. He gets drunk and is involved in an accident that leaves Dorothy's face disfigured. Out of pity, Paul marries Dorothy. Ted and Jerry have been married three years when she discovers he had a brief affair with another woman — and when she confronts him on their third anniversary, he tells her it did not "mean a thing." Upset, and with Ted out on a business trip, Jerry spends the night with his best friend, Don. Upon Ted's return, she tells him she "balanced [their] accounts," withholding Don's name. Ted is hypocritically outraged and they argue, ending with Ted leaving her and the couple filing for a divorce. While Jerry turns to partying to forget her sorrows, Ted becomes an alcoholic. Paul and Jerry run into each other and she discovers he still loves her and is willing to leave Dorothy to be with her. Only after she meets Dorothy is Jerry forced to evaluate her decision.

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Norma Shearer won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Also starring in the film are Robert Montgomery, Conrad Nagel, and Florence Eldridge.


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  • Norma Shearer as Jerry Martin
  • Chester Morris as Ted Martin
  • Conrad Nagel as Paul
  • Robert Montgomery as Don
  • Florence Eldridge as Helen Baldwin
  • Helene Millard as Mary
  • Robert Elliott as Bill Baldwin
  • Mary Doran as Janice Meredith
  • Tyler Brooke as Hank
  • Zelda Sears as Hannah
  • George Irving as Dr Bernard
  • Helen Johnson as Dorothy (Dot)
  • Production

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    MGM production head Irving Thalberg bought the rights to Ex-Wife in the summer of 1929. Thalberg's original choice for the role of Jerry was Joan Crawford.

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    Norma Shearer, Thalberg's wife, was originally never in the running for the lead role in The Divorcee because it was believed that she did not have enough sex appeal; only after Shearer arranged a special photo session with independent portrait photographer George Hurrell and Thalberg saw the result, did he relent and give her the role.


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    The Divorcee was released on DVD by Warner Home Video on March 8, 2008 (along with A Free Soul, also starring Norma Shearer), as one of five pre-Code films in the "TCM Archives - Forbidden Hollywood Collection, Vol. 2" DVD box set. Other movies with the same title were released in 1917, 1919, and 1969.


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