LET US BE GAY

Produced and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Premiered: July 11, 1930 (New York)
Released: August 9, 1930

Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Marie Dressler, Rod La Rocque

Producer: Irving Thalberg
Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Screenwriters: Frances Marion; Lucille Newmark (additional dialogue)
Source: the play by Rachel Crothers
Cinematographer: Norbert Brodine

THEME

A modest, unassuming wife is dumped by her husband for a flashy younger woman.

PRODUCTION QUOTE

“Robert Z. Leonard, who recently completed direction of The Divorcee, has been assigned to direct her next production, Let Us Be Gay, which starts immediately.”
- “Norma in Let Us Be Gay,” Motion Picture News, March 15, 1930

REVIEWS

“Norma Shearer and Marie Dressier share the honors in this delightfully entertaining version of Rachel Crothers’s stage play. Miss Dressier is no doubt laugh insurance for any picture. But the role of a belligerent blustering society dame here allotted her is a perfect vehicle for her brand of humor. Norma Shearer as a prim, old fashioned and almost homely wife who later blossoms out in all her modern glory, is a revelation in the art of makeup. The excel­lence of her acting ability has already been demon­strated in her previous pictures and is only strengthened by her superb performance in Let Us Be Gay.”
- Exhibitor's Herald World, July 26, 1930

“Norma Shearer takes the role once played so de­lightfully by Francine Larrimore and carries it off with grace and point. Her voice matches her personality and records with smoothness and variety. Her scenes with Gilbert Emery have almost the lightness, vivacity and naturalness of life itself.”
- Richard Dana Skinner, The Commonwealth, July 23, 1930

ARTIST COMMENT

“We had lots of fun making this one. Miss Dressler was always forgetting her lines and making up clever new ones. I was definitely, as the French say, 'in bloom.' I became clever, too, hiding myself behind sequined fans, pieces of furniture, and even behind Miss Dressler.”
- Norma Shearer, Memoir Notes

FIGURES

Let Us Be Gay cost $257,000 and grossed $1,199,000.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)

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