- Acting of Lead Performers
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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.