A Bill of Divorcement is a 1932 American Pre-Code drama film, directed by George Cukor and starring John Barrymore and Katharine Hepburn in her screen debut. It is based on the British play of the same name, written by Clemence Dane as a reaction to a law passed in Britain in the early 1920s that allowed insanity as grounds for a woman divorcing her husband. It was the second adaptation of the play, having previously been made into a British silent film A Bill of Divorcement in 1922.
The film was produced by David O. Selznick and George Cukor, who had disagreed about casting Hepburn. Cukor had seen Hepburn's screen test and was impressed by the 24-year-old, but Selznick did not like the way she looked and was afraid she would not be well received by audiences. Cukor cast her anyway (beginning what would be a lifelong professional and personal relationship between the two), and Hepburn was declared "a new star on the cinema horizon" by The Hollywood Reporter.
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