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Bill of Divorcement, A (RKO 1932, Katharine Hepburn, John Barrymore)



Katharine Hepburn makes her screen debut in A Bill of Divorcement as the coltish young woman who comes to know the stranger who is her father. John Barrymore is quite moving as a man released from a mental institution back to the care of his wife (Billie Burke) and daughter.

Katharine Hepburn went on to star in nine more films for director George Cukor, including the classics Little Women (1933), Holiday (1938) and Adam’s Rib (1949).

production details
USA | RKO | 70 minutes | 1932

Director: George Cukor
Producer: David O. Selznick
Cinematography: Sidney Hickox
Editor: Arthur Roberts
Music: Max Steiner
Script: Howard Estabrook, Harry Wagstaff Gribble

John Barrymore as Hilary Fairfield
Katharine Hepburn as Sydney Fairfield
Paul Cavanagh as Gray Meredith
Elizabeth Patterson as Aunt Hester Fairfield
Billie Burke as Meg Fairfield
David Manners as Kit Humphreys
Henry Stephenson as Doctor Alliot
Gayle Evers as Bassett