- Acting of Lead Performers
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- John Mohr
the dilemma presented to Billie Burke is as tragic today as it was then.
Mr. Barrymore could break my heart with his eyes alone, when he was at the top of his game. With that voice, too, I'm a goner. He is so moving in this film, and the melancholy desperation of his character is palpable. It may be considered a tearjerker, but what style and talent are involved! Fortunately, it's not completely gloom and doom. We get the sense of why Billie Burke had been such a stage success, too. Katharine Hepburn seems more mature than her 24 years here, and it was a great vehicle for her debut. When Barrymore was on, he was really on, and he goes for it in this film. Please release this on DVD, somebody!!
A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
- Jay Higgins
A bit melodramatic, but still an excellent film. Katherine Hepburn's debut is a great one, but it is John Barrymore's performance is what makes the film. A fine classic, very well done.
John Barrymore at his best
This is a wonderful movie. It shows John in a light I feel he's rarely been shown in. He was a wonderful actor and Drew Barrymore is so lucky to have John Barrymore for a grandpa. He's a wonderful actor. This is one of my favorite films. This was the perfect movie for Katharine Hepburn to be doing her movie debut.
Came for Hepburn, stayed for Barrymore
I watched "A Bill of Divorcement" for the historical interest of seeing Katherine Hepburn in her screen debut. Unfortunately, the film has not aged well. It's a creaky and set-bound melodrama, quite obviously adapted from an even creakier play. Hepburn in 1932 was certainly an interesting screen personality, if not quite the transcendent presence she would become in a few years. But I stuck with "A Bill of Divorcement" for John Barrymore. His performance as Hepburn's mental-patient father is delicate, heartfelt and, ultimately, quite heart-breaking, a fine piece of work for this often-misused and misguided talent. He makes the film worth watching.