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The Gay Divorcee

The Gay Divorcee(1934)

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  • Advertisements for the film touted Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as "The King and Queen of the Carioca" in reference to their previous film, Flying Down to Rio (1933).
  • Helen Broderick was asked to play the role of Hortense but was unavailable.
  • The bugle call at the beginning of the "Don't Let It Bother You" dance was developed from clowning during rehearsals, and became an in-joke in future Astaire-Rogers films.
  • The original movie on which this musical was based was called "The Gay Divorce", but because of problems arising from the sensor, it was renamed "The Gay Divorcee" (one 'e' added) for the silver screen.


  • Holz (2008-01-09)

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    Fred and Ginger liked working together, but neither liked being thought of as a working duo.

  • Holz (2008-10-28)

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    The first film to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song, "The Continental".

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