I Want a Divorce


1h 15m 1940

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

Synopsis

Wanda Holland's social life interferes so much with her marriage that her husband David divorces her and takes custody of their son Davey for a month. After the divorce, Wanda takes an apartment with her sister, Geraldine "Jerry" Brokaw, who abhors her sister's wastrel life. While escaping from Wanda's party friends one night, Jerry takes a drive and meets novice attorney Alan MacNally, and the two fall in love and marry. Despite Jerry's objections, Alan accepts a lucrative job with Erskine Brandon, the attorney who handled her sister's divorce. Although Alan becomes highly successful, his work causes their marriage to suffer. When Alan stands Jerry up on her birthday, she offers him an ultimatum: either give up being a divorce lawyer, or give her up. Alan choses his work over Jerry, and they separate. One month later, Wanda learns that David is remarrying, and out of despair for her lost love, she commits suicide. Face to face at the scene of the tragedy, Jerry and Alan realize that they can never part again, and Alan quits divorce law to take a job in the domestic relations court, working to keep couples together.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 20, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
10 reels

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Notes

Although an unidentified contemporary source claims that the picture was based on a radio serial, no information about its production has been found. According to reviews, this was Dick Powell's first assignment in a non-singing role. It was also his first film after leaving Warner Bros. as a contract player. He and Joan Blondell were married at the time this picture was produced.