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Free Classic Film on Ocean Drive
(released 3/8/2005)

On Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 p.m. the Miami Design Preservation League will present a free screening of The Gay Divorcee– Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ first film together as lead stars after their initial success in Flying Down to Rio in 1933.

In the film, which screens at the Art Deco Welcome Center at 1001 Ocean Drive on Miami Beach, American dancer Guy Holden (Astaire), on a European vacation with his pal Egbert Fitzgerald (Edward Everett Horton) falls hard for the unhappily married Mimi Glossop (Rogers), who is seeking a divorce with the help of her Aunt Hortense (Alice Brady). Aunt Hortense enlists the legal aid of her friend and former beau Egbert whose scheme to provoke Mimi's husband into a divorce by orchestrating a "grounds-for-divorce" scenario utilizing theatrical lothario-for-hire Rodolfo Tonetti (Erik Rhodes) sets in motion a series of misunderstandings and mistaken identities that propel Fred and Ginger into comedic entanglements and onto the dance floor.

In the lavish extended “Continental” production number, both the luminous black and white sets and costumes offer a celebration of Deco style. “The Continental” received an Oscar for Best Song in 1934. The film’s additional Oscar nominations included Best Art Direction and Best Picture.

Admission to the screening at the Art Deco Welcome Center is free and open to the public. For more information call 305-672-2014 or visit online at

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