A Bill Of Divorcement

November 2, 2011

A Bill Of Divorcement is Katharine Hepburn‘s first film, released in 1932. In this film, Hilary (played by John Barrymore) returns home after escaping from a metal asylum when he suddenly regains his sanity. After being gone for fifteen years he realizes that things have changed in his absence. His wife (played by Billie Burke, known to the world as Glinda the good witch in the Wizard Of Oz) has divorced him and is planning to remarry. His daughter, Sydney (Hepburn) who is also planning to marry discovers that it isn’t shell shock that sent her father to the asylum after all and comes face to face with the fact that insanity runs in the family. She decides not to marry and dedicates the rest of her life to taking care of her father.
This is a great film and I would highly recommend it to all. This film has never been released on DVD. Used VHS copies can be found at ebay.com & amazon.com. I found a VHS copy about a month or so ago at McKay’s, my favorite used music, book and movie store in Nashville. Watch the movie trailer here.


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