90 Days of Oscar Nominees #63 – The Gay Divorcee (1934)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 63rd review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Your wife is safe with Tonetti, He prefers spaghetti ” – Tonetti

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Feb 2018)

Brief Synopsis – On her way to conspire to force her husband to grant her a divorce, a young woman falls in love with a dancer.

My Take on it – I’m not the biggest fan of Screwball comedies of the 1930’s and honestly wasn’t really looking forward to watching this film.

Surprisingly tho, it actually works quite well especially given the fact that it was made during an era of extreme censorship.

The plot deals with adultery from numerous aspects and despite never using the word itself, they do a wonderful job getting the message across.

This film has great music and the added thrill of watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance the night away together is quite enjoyable to watch since there is really no question about whether these two have chemistry together or not.

This is yet another Brest Picture Nominee that is good, but I still question whether it deserves to be listed among the very best of the year (or all time for that matter).

Thankfully, it didn’t win Best Picture that year, but it was quite deserving (and fitting for it) to win the inaugural Oscar for Best Original Song.

Bottom Line – Interesting idea that surprisingly works much better than one would expect due to censorship issues of the time. The music is quite fun to watch and their is no question about the amazing chemistry between Fred and Ginger. Not sure if this film tho is deserving of a Best Picture nomination although it did deserve the first ever Oscar for Original Song. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The musical number “The Continental” lasts 17 1/2 minutes, the longest number ever in a musical until Gene Kelly’s 18 1/2-minute ballet at the end of An American in Paris (1951) 17 years later. It is also the longest musical number in all of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ films together. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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