I can handle the truth. Norma Shearer was absolutely fantastic! The way she was always moving and touching her hair and looking around in the scene on the train with Paul before she broke down, it was spot on! Robert Montgomery was so handsome!
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And he definitely had chemistry with Shearer! Their scenes together were electric! Jerry shouldn't have went crawling back to Ted. I get what they were saying - you can't help who you love - but ugh, Ted was an ass.
He was blowing it all off when he cheated, "It doesn't mean a thing. It may have a few issues but I really loved The Divorcee , it was such a good film and I was just taken in by the performance from Norma Shearer. She gives a great performance and she always looks so good in her movies wearing those Adrian clothes and hats.
I don't really have the words for a review, but I just wanted to let everyone know I really loved The Divorcee. Part of my Pre-Code Hollywood Challenge.
Infidelity was certainly a popular movie theme in the years before the Hayes Code made it a taboo subject. Featuring tit-for-tat adultery, Ursula Parrott's novel "Ex-Wife" was adapted to the screen under the direction of Robert Z. It features Canadian-born beauty Norma Shearer in the lead as a New York sophisticate named Jerry, the role for which she won her first and only Oscar.
The film opens at an upstate hunting lodge owned by Dr. Bernard George Irving , who invited fun-loving members of the New York in-crowd for a weekend of bridge, fishing, dining and hanky panky. Chester Morris has such a punchable face that I almost couldnt understand why Norma Shearer loved this obvious rat in the first place.
Obviously pro marriage but still shines a light on the hypocrisy of it all, especially infidelity. NS is a bit wholesome and doe eyed to really sell the rebellion. That holds this back some. Review by Eric. A phenomenal Pre-Code film on infidelity. Great writing and some frankly sexual dialogue and sequences, aided by a strong Chester Morris.
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But the real star is an incredible Norma Shearer, with all her little subtleties and how she carries herself as Jerry, deservedly winning an Oscar. Not a huuuge fan of the ending, but given the way things were set up, it seemed like the most probable one. Extremely liberal in light of how movies changed after the Code. Precode movies like this are fascinating to watch knowing how liberal attitudes actually were in We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details.
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