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The Awful Truth (1937)

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Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.



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Before their divorce becomes final, Jerry and Lucy Warriner both do their best to ruin each other's plans for remarriage, Jerry to haughty socialite Molly Lamont, she to oil-rich bumpkin Daniel Leeson. Among their strategies: Jerry's court-decreed visitation rights with Mr. Smith, their pet fox terrier, and Lucy doing her most flamboyant Dixie Belle Lee impersonation as Jerry's brassy "sister" before his prospective bride's scandalized family. Written by Paul Penna <>

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21 October 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cette sacrée vérité  »

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Remake of the 1929 film that starred Ina Claire as Lucy Warriner and Henry Daniell as Jerry Warriner. See more »


Just after Lucy introduces herself as 'Lola' Warriner to the Vance family, she sits down next to Mrs. Vance, her handkerchief and purse quickly passed from her left hand to her right hand. As the camera shifts towards Jerry, Lucy bends over, making a quiet exclamation ("Oh" or "Uh"), and appears to grab at something she has dropped on the floor. After the camera cuts back to Lucy, she is sitting up straight, her handkerchief in her left hand and caught underneath her left side. See more »


[first lines]
Jerry Warriner: Come on, Haig, get that sun lamp ready.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963) See more »


Home on the Range
(1904) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel E. Kelley
Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley (1872)
Played on piano by Irene Dunne
Sung by Irene Dunne and Ralph Bellamy
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Platinum Class Comedy!
5 December 2008 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

When I was a little child, my mother used to tell me again and again the main scenes of this irresistible comedy, and we laughed our asses off. Much later, I had the good fortune to see it myself, at an oldies-goldies TV re-run, and it amused me like nuts.

Today, as a movie professional, I can safely state that it's an instance of PURE COMEDY: bright humor, pointed satire, a healthy dose of absurd, deliciously foolish, a fast-paced rhythm that makes the 90 minutes seem barely 9 seconds! You see it again and again, and wish for it never to come to an end! THIS, ladies and gentleman, is the stuff of real comedy - not all the Apatow and Seltzer moronic obscenities! Platinum class vintage!

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