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Precodes with Katharine Hepburn

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Not long ago I watched the 1932 version of A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT. It was Kate's motion picture debut and she did a nice job. I especially enjoyed her scenes with leading man David Manners. Has anyone else seen this movie?

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5 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Not long ago I watched the 1932 version of A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT. It was Kate's motion picture debut and she did a nice job. I especially enjoyed her scenes with leading man David Manners. Has anyone else seen this movie?

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I have seen the film.  What originally peaked my interest was John Barrymore.   Fine film and the actor is very good but it does come off as a stage play and sometimes the acting looks,  well,  too much like acting.   E.g. some of the scenes between Kate and John;. 

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6 minutes ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

I have seen the film.  What originally peaked my interest was John Barrymore.   Fine film and the actor is very good but it does come off as a stage play and sometimes the acting looks,  well,  too much like acting.   E.g. some of the scenes between Kate and John;. 

There's a remake that RKO made in 1940 with Maureen O'Hara taking over the lead role. Adolphe Menjou and Fay Bainter play the parents. It has never aired on TCM, not even when O'Hara was Star of the Month. I've been curious about it, to see how it compares to Cukor's version.

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1 hour ago, cinemaspeak59 said:

I don't think I've seen A Bill of Divorcement. It certainly looks enticing.  I love Pre-Code films.

A nice looking print of it turns up sometimes on YouTube.

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On 4/25/2018 at 3:45 PM, TopBilled said:

Not long ago I watched the 1932 version of A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT. It was Kate's motion picture debut and she did a nice job. I especially enjoyed her scenes with leading man David Manners. Has anyone else seen this movie?

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It's OK; not great but not bad and certainly noteworthy for its place in film history (Kate's first film, John Barrymore's performance - he's not boozy or hammy).

David Manners deftly played the young male love interest to several ladies in '30s flicks including some early Universal horror classics and he was a talented actor.  He wasn't into ladies in the "real world."

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