A Bill of Divorcement
A Bill of Divorcement (1932)

Based on a play by Clemence Dane, this film is set on the day that Hepburn's mother, Billie Burke, is to divorce her insane and long-institutionalized husband John Barrymore. But Barrymore escapes from the asylum and returns home, only… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1932
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Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

The dramaturgy is pure 19th-century, yet Cukor gives you Barrymore and the debuting Hepburn cutting through it like a couple of long-stemmed knives

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Outdated family drama about dealing with mental illness.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Even in 1932, when the melodrama was made, the biological and moral issues of insanity were outdated, but Cukor's film features an original, striking turn from Katharine Hepburn in her screen debut.

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jay nixon
VERY stagy but interesting film served as Hepburn's screen bow. She's a trifle studied and Barrymore occasionally goes over the top but mixed in with… More
Cindy I
I have heard for eons about how great an actor John Barrymore was, and I expected some good but overblown silent acting style from him. How wrong I was! He in… More