A Bill of Divorcement

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Skilfully canned version of Clemence Dane's terribly dated problem play about a shellshocked WWI veteran (possibly suffering from hereditary insanity) who returns from the asylum after 15 years to find his wife planning divorce and his daughter a stranger. Full of strangled sentiments and easy options, with a rather too carefully studied performance by Barrymore. But fascinating to see Hepburn's raw-boned talent already at work in her first film, and Cukor already responding to it. Remade in 1940 with Adolphe Menjou and Maureen O'Hara.

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Duration: 75 mins

Cast and crew

Director: George Cukor
Screenwriter: Howard Estabrook, Harry Wagstaff Gribble
Cast: John Barrymore
Katharine Hepburn
Billie Burke
David Manners
Henry Stephenson
Elizabeth Patterson
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