The Gay Divorcee

Synopsis: Mimi Glossop wants a divorce so her Aunt Hortense hires a professional to play the correspondent in apparent infidelity. American dancer Guy Holden meets Mimi while visiting Brightbourne (Brighton) and she thinks he is the correspondent. The plot is really an excuse for song and dance. The movie won three Academy nominations and the first Oscar for Best Song: "The Continental", a twenty-two minute production number.
Director(s): Mark Sandrich
Production: RKO Radio Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

Don't let it bother you

When things go wrong

If you're glum, just hum

And some good luck will come along

Don't let it bother you

If now and then

You may stumble, never grumble

Count from one to 10

- A frown is a smile upside down

- So turn that frown upside down

And smile

And sing oh-la-la-la

Don't let it bother you

If skies are gray

Learn to grin

And take it on the chin

Then everything will be okay

Oh, it's no use, Guy.

Mine has housemaid's knee.

Don't be discouraged, Egbert.

I think you show distinct tendencies

towards terpsichorean excellence.

You think so, really?

You know, as a matter of fact... inner soul has always yearned

to express itself in the dance.

- Lf you were I, what would you do?

- Stick to law.

Spoken like a real native.

Do you recognize it?


What? Oh, yes.

Oh, my, Guy,

this is an expensive place here.

Guy, in the excitement of changing

my clothes on that train...

...I left my wallet in that other suit.

Egbert, what would you do without me?

I mean to say...

I've been in America

for several months with my friend.

We're passing through Paris on our way

to London. We're taking the boat tomorrow.

I am the proprietor.

What can I do for you?

Well, I'm afraid we'll have to mail you

the amount of the check.

Well, monsieur, I do not know you.

This gentleman's father

is Sir Frederick Fitzgerald...

...the distinguished London attorney.

Yes, and I'm a lawyer too.

You, monsieur?

My friend here is Guy Holden,

the American dancer.

Musical comedy and whatnot.

Certainly you've heard of Holden.

Oh, yes, I have heard of Guy Holden.

But, monsieur, have you any means

of identification?

Well, you see, we...

Left them in the other suit.

Oh, yes, yes, yes.

Well, I...

I have it, I have it.

Look here, old chap,

if my friend dances like Guy Holden...

...that proves he is Guy Holden,

doesn't it?

Go ahead, Guy, dash them off

a bit of a minuet...

...or a polka or a schottische.

Now, wait a minute, I'm on my vacation.

I'm not going to do any dancing.

I've heard they make you

wash dishes in Paris.

There you are.

That means nothing.

Then you try it.

Suppose you do it over there.

- With all these people around?

- Well, if you are Guy Holden...

...people should not disturb you.


French cooking must make the dishes

very difficult to wash.

Guy, never mind.

Thank you.

Mr. Fitzgerald. Mr. Fitzgerald.

Mr. Fitzgerald.

- Mr. Fitzgerald.

- Who is it? What's the matter?

What do you want?

- Mr. Fitzgerald?

- Yes.

- Mr. Pinky Fitzgerald?

- Yes.

Pinky? That's the first time

I've heard that one.

Must be from Father.

He's always called me Pinky.

Ever since I was a golden-haired little tot

paddling about in pale-pink pajamas.

What do you want?

Tip that boy, will you?

Read that for me.

I'm all involved here, Guy, please.

- Thank you, governor.

- Right you are.

Yes, it's from your father. He says:

"Leaving for Scotland. Stop.

Take charge of office in my absence. Stop."

Good. Father's placing everything

in my hands.

But I haven't finished yet. He also says:

"But don't do anything, just sit."

Let me see that.

Why, Pinky, evidently you've been

in charge of the office before.

- Excuse me. Can you help me in section D?

- What is it?

- I can't do a thing with her, sir.

- Who?

The lady in section D, sir.

She's an American.

You know how these Americans are, sir.

- When finished, look after that gentleman.

- Yes, sir.

Will you gentlemen come with me, please?

Excuse me, madam, I am the chief

inspector. Anything I can do for you?

You most certainly can.

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