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Let Us Be Gay is a 1930 American pre-Code romantic comedy-drama film produced and distributed by MGM. It was directed by Robert Z. Leonard and stars Norma Shearer. It was filmed concurrently with and based upon the 1929 play by Rachel Crothers
Rachel Crothers
starring Tallulah Bankhead, which ran for 128 performances at London's Lyric Theater.[1][2][3] Critics generally preferred Tallulah's rendition to Shearer's.

Contents

1 Plot 2 Cast 3 DVD release 4 Production Notes 5 References 6 External links

Plot[edit] Housewife Kitty Brown (Norma Shearer) doesn’t spend much time on her personal appearance. She is devoted to her husband Bob (Rod La Rocque). Kitty spends all her time seeing that Bob has everything he needs. Bob is embarrassed to be seen with his wife because he considers her dowdy and he doesn’t like the homemade clothes she wears. Kitty gets a shock when Bob’s latest girlfriend, Helen, shows up at their home. Kitty is polite to Helen and pretends that she has known about the affair all along but secretly she is broken-hearted. She excuses herself to go to her room and cry. Later that evening, she leaves Bob to get a divorce, taking their two children with her. Three years later, Bob is courting Diane (Sally Eilers). Diane’s grandmother, Mrs. Bouccicault (Marie Dressler), is a leader in local society and disapproves of the match. Mrs. Bouccicault invites Kitty for the weekend. Kitty is now a fashionable, very attractive woman. Mrs. Bouccicault hopes to use Kitty to break Diane and Bob up. Mrs. Bouccicault asks Kitty to steal a gentleman away from her granddaughter so Kitty flirts with each arriving male guest in turn assuming that each is the gentleman in question. Bob arrives and is surprised by Kitty’s appearance. They pretend to meet for the first time. The other weekend guests, including Towney (Gilbert Emery), Madge (Hedda Hopper), and Wallace (Tyrell Davis), are baffled by the way Bob and Kitty behave around each other. Kitty continues to flirt with the male guests. She speaks disdainfully of marriage and makes it clear she is happily divorced. Diane has long had an understanding with Bruce (Raymond Hackett), who is also a guest. Bruce loves Diane and is pained to see her with Bob. Townsend goes to the terrace outside Kitty’s room. She flirts with him. When Bob knocks on the door, Townsend hides. Bob begs Kitty to marry him again. Bob hears a sneeze and discovers Townsend hiding in the bathroom. He leaves through the terrace only to find Wallace waiting. Wallace has brought Kitty a poem. Disgusted and angry, Bob leaves. A few minutes later Mrs. Bouccicault comes to Kitty’s room to announce that Bob has just become engaged to Diane. The next day, Bob is upset to overhear Kitty making plans for a yachting trip with Towney. Kitty plans on leaving immediately, but her nanny shows up with Kitty and Bob’s children. The children are overjoyed to see their father. Bob tells Diane he still feels he is married to Kitty. Diane breaks up with Bob. Kitty says she doesn’t want him either. She says goodbye to Bob. He begs for another chance. Again, he asks her to marry him. She tearfully tells him she still loves him and she asks him to take her back. Cast[edit]

Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
- Mrs. Katherine Brown Marie Dressler
Marie Dressler
- Mrs. Bouccy Bouccicault Rod La Rocque
Rod La Rocque
- Bob Brown Gilbert Emery
Gilbert Emery
- 'Towney' Townley Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper
- Madge Livingston Raymond Hackett - Bruce Keane Sally Eilers
Sally Eilers
- Diane Tyrell Davis - Wallace Granger Wilfred Noy - Whitman, the Butler Sybil Grove - Perkins, a Maid Mary Gordon - Mrs. McIntyre (uncredited) Dickie Moore - Young Bobby (uncredited) All primary cast members are deceased.

DVD release[edit] The film was released on DVD through the Warner Archive Collection. Production Notes[edit] The film was shot quickly (in 26 days) due to Norma Shearer's pregnancy. [4] References[edit]

^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971 ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Let Us Be Gay ^ Let Us Be Gay as produced on Broadway at the Little Theatre, February 19, 1929 to December 1929, 353 performances; IBDb.com ^ http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/1574/Let-Us-Be-Gay/articles.html

External links[edit]

Let Us Be Gay on IMDb Let Us Be Gay at AllMovie Let Us Be Gay lobby and foreign posters alternative lobby poster

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The films of Robert Z. Leonard

The Master Key (1914) Judge Not; or The Woman of Mona Diggings (1915) Secret Love (1916) The Plow Girl (1916) On Record (1917) A Mormon Maid
A Mormon Maid
(1917) The Primrose Ring (1917) At First Sight (1917) Face Value (1918) The Bride's Awakening (1918) Danger, Go Slow
Danger, Go Slow
(1918) The Delicious Little Devil
The Delicious Little Devil
(1919) The Miracle of Love (1919) April Folly
April Folly
(1920) The Restless Sex
The Restless Sex
(1920) The Gilded Lily (1921) Heedless Moths
Heedless Moths
(1921) Peacock Alley (1922) Fascination (1922) Broadway Rose (1922) Jazzmania
Jazzmania
(1923) Mademoiselle Midnight
Mademoiselle Midnight
(1924) Circe, the Enchantress
Circe, the Enchantress
(1924) Cheaper to Marry (1925) Time, the Comedian (1925) Bright Lights (1925) Dance Madness
Dance Madness
(1926) Mademoiselle Modiste (1926) The Waning Sex
The Waning Sex
(1926) A Little Journey (1927) The Demi-Bride
The Demi-Bride
(1927) Adam and Evil (1927) Tea for Three (1927) Baby Mine (1928) The Cardboard Lover (1928) A Lady of Chance
A Lady of Chance
(1928) Marianne (1929, silent) Marianne (1929, musical) The Divorcee
The Divorcee
(1930) In Gay Madrid (1930) Let Us Be Gay (1930) The Bachelor Father
The Bachelor Father
(1931) Five and Ten (1931) It's a Wise Child (1931) Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise)
(1931) Lovers Courageous (1932) Strange Interlude (1932) Peg o' My Heart (1933) Dancing Lady
Dancing Lady
(1933) Outcast Lady
Outcast Lady
(1934) After Office Hours
After Office Hours
(1935) Naughty Marietta (1935) Escapade (1935) A Tale of Two Cities (1935) The Great Ziegfeld
The Great Ziegfeld
(1936) Piccadilly Jim (1936) Maytime (1937) The Firefly (1937) The Girl of the Golden West (1938) Broadway Serenade
Broadway Serenade
(1939) New Moon (1940) Pride and Prejudice (1940) Third Finger, Left Hand
Third Finger, Left Hand
(1940) Ziegfeld Girl (1941) When Ladies Meet (1941) We Were Dancing (1942) Stand By for Action
Stand By for Action
(1942) The Man from Down Under
The Man from Down Under
(1943) Marriage Is a Private Affair
Marriage Is a Private Affair
(1944) Week-End at the Waldorf
Week-End at the Waldorf
(1945) The Secret Heart (1946) Cynthia (1947) B.F.'s Daughter (1948) The Bribe
The Bribe
(1949) In the Good Old Summertime (1949) Nancy Goes to Rio
Nancy Goes to Rio
(1950) Duchess of Idaho
Duchess of Idaho
(1950) Grounds for Marriage
Grounds for Marriage
(1951) Too Young to Kiss
Too Young to Kiss
(1951) Everything I Have Is Yours (1952) The Clown (1953) The Great Diamond Robbery (1953) Her Twelve Men
Her Twelve Men
(1954) The King's Thief (1955) Beautiful but Dangerous (1955)

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Irving Thalberg

Producer

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Merry-Go-Round (1923) His Hour
His Hour
(1924) He Who Gets Slapped
He Who Gets Slapped
(1924) The Unholy Three (1925) The Merry Widow (1925) The Tower of Lies
The Tower of Lies
(1925) The Big Parade
The Big Parade
(1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) Torrent (1926) La Bohème (1926) Brown of Harvard (1926) The Road to Mandalay (1926) The Temptress
The Temptress
(1926) Valencia (1926) Flesh and the Devil
Flesh and the Devil
(1926) Twelve Miles Out
Twelve Miles Out
(1927) The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
(1927) London After Midnight (1927) The Crowd (1928) Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Laugh, Clown, Laugh
(1928) White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) Show People
Show People
(1928) West of Zanzibar (1928) The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody
(1929) The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929) Voice of the City
Voice of the City
(1929) Where East Is East
Where East Is East
(1929) The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929
The Hollywood Revue of 1929
(1929) Hallelujah (1929) His Glorious Night
His Glorious Night
(1929) The Kiss (1929) Anna Christie (1930) Redemption (1930) The Divorcee
The Divorcee
(1930) The Rogue Song
The Rogue Song
(1930) The Big House (1930) The Unholy Three (1930) Let Us Be Gay (1930) Billy the Kid (1930) Way for a Sailor
Way for a Sailor
(1930) A Lady's Morals (1930) Inspiration (1931) Trader Horn (1931) The Secret Six
The Secret Six
(1931) A Free Soul
A Free Soul
(1931) Just a Gigolo (1931) The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) The Guardsman (1931) The Champ (1931) Possessed (1931) Private Lives (1931) Mata Hari (1931) Freaks
Freaks
(1932) Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) Grand Hotel (1932) Letty Lynton (1932) As You Desire Me (1932) Red-Headed Woman
Red-Headed Woman
(1932) Smilin' Through (1932) Red Dust (1932) Rasputin and the Empress
Rasputin and the Empress
(1932) Strange Interlude (1932) Tugboat Annie
Tugboat Annie
(1933) Bombshell (1933) Eskimo (1933) Riptide (1934) The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) The Merry Widow (1934) What Every Woman Knows (1934) No More Ladies
No More Ladies
(1935) China Seas (1935) Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) A Night at the Opera (1935) Riffraff (1936) Romeo and Juliet (1936) Camille (1936) Maytime (1937) A Day at the Races (1937) Broadway Melody of 1938
Broadway Melody of 1938
(1937) The Good Earth (1937) Marie Antoinette (1938)

Writer

The Trap (1922)

People

Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
(wife) Irving Thalberg, Jr. (son)

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