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Let Us Be Gay (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 9 August 1930 (USA)
Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)

Writers:

Rachel Crothers (from the play by), Frances Marion (continuity and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Kitty Brown
Rod La Rocque ... Bob Brown (as Rod LaRocque)
Marie Dressler ... Mrs. Bouccicault
Gilbert Emery ... Townley
Hedda Hopper ... Madge Livingston
Raymond Hackett ... Bruce Keene
Sally Eilers ... Diane
Tyrell Davis ... Wallace Granger (as Tyrrell Davis)
Wilfred Noy Wilfred Noy ... Whitman - 1st Butler
William H. O'Brien ... Struthers - 2nd Butler (as William O'Brien)
Sybil Grove Sybil Grove ... Perkins - the Maid
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Dowdy housewife Kitty dotes on her self-centered husband but divorces him when his mistress shows up at their home one day to break up their marriage. Bob had become bored with her lackluster appearance, their children and himself. Kitty re-invents herself and becomes a Continental favorite, dressing like a fashion model and behaving gaily. Three years after their divorce, Bob is at the home of a wealthy matron romancing her soon-to-be-married granddaughter, when the matron invites Kitty to a weekend party to steal Bob away from the granddaughter. When Kitty and Bob see each other, neither lets on they have a past, and the party continues as Bob pursues his ex-wife and new conquest equally. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Taglines:

A new angle on marriage and divorce! How to win back a wandering husband!-The year's finest talkie! (Print Ad- Turtle Mountain Star, ((Rolla, N.D.)) 22 January 1931) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gozemos a Vida See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

At the time of its release, this film features the next two actresses to win Best Actress at the Academy Awards, Norma Shearer would win at the ceremony later that year for The Divorcee (1930), and Marie Dressler the year after for Min and Bill (1930). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, just after the children depart with Boucci and their nurse, a shadow of the boom microphone falls across a column to the right of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Townley: Cherrio, Bootsy!
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Connections

Referenced in Our Blushing Brides (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone
(1864) (uncredited)
Written by Septimus Winner
Sung a cappella by Rod La Rocque with modified lyrics
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Film's A Pushover for Shearer's Makeover
7 January 2002 | by sobaokSee all my reviews

Norma Shearer dazzles as she is transformed from a frump, addle-brained house-wife to an alluring potential divorcee. Most 1930 films have a creaky edge to them -- the camera work is pretty sluggish at times -- but we must forgive these all-talking pleasures for their thump-a-long "qualities". As a guest of the eccentric globe-trotting Marie Dressler -- Shearer mixes with an odd assortment of lovelorn types, including her long-lost husband. The dialogue is fun, oft-times clever and the performances on cue. Shearer and Dressler shine the most. Shearer even shows off her piano expertise in a musical brevity. Her strange, yet appealing posturing and "affair with the camera" are evident throughout -- and she hits every emotional note, genuinely and on target. For its time . . .a good show.


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