A Bill of Divorcement (1932)


“Do you know what the dead do in Heaven? They sit on their golden chairs and sicken for home. ” – Hilary

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Upon returning to his home after many years in a sanitarium, a man finds that not everything has stayed the same.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and knew absolutely nothing about before watching it.

I was quite intrigued to know that this movie was Kathrine Hepburn’s screen debut and she does a fine job here with what she is given.

The overall premise s actually quite good, but they don;t manage to find a way to keep things interesting enough for the viewer.

The dialogue is done well but none of the characters are developed well enough for us to really care about what will happen which is a shame.

This is the kind of story that should come across as being much more impactful, meaningful and serious, yet they don’t find a way to show it properly due to the way that they present things along the way.

Besides Hepburn, this film has a very talented cast, but it’s hard to notice by the way that they do things here

Bottom Line – Intriguing idea that comes off a bit too bland. The story itself is played out well but it unfortunately doesn’t come across as being serious or impactful enough in what it tries to show. The cast is quite good, but the way that things are presented doesn’t allow us to see the talent that there is right there. The characters are underdeveloped and that hurts things even more here.  Hepburn’s film debut.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Katharine Hepburn was interviewed at length by Dick Cavett, she told a story. Most of her life, her favourite off-camera outfit was dungarees and whatever sort of comfortable top seemed appropriate. When she was working on this first film, the studio PR department kept trying to get her to wear the elegant costumes from the film off the set, instead of her dungarees and sweaters. (This was a fairly common practice, since photos of the actors at nightclubs and fancy restaurants in the gowns and clothing they would wear in the film made good PR when they appeared in newspapers and screen magazines.) She refused. They said that they’d hide her dungarees while she was on the set, so that she’d have to wear the fancy duds. She said that she said “Oh, I REALLY wouldn’t do that.” But they did. When Cavett asked “So what did you do?”, she said “What else could I do? I walked across the lot to the car waiting for me at the front gate in my underpants.” Her dungarees were returned the next day. (From IMDB)

Rating – ??? Worthy (?/10)

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