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The Awful Truth (1937)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 21 October 1937 (USA)
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 Barbara Vance, 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 <tterrace@wco.com>

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It's a Glorious Comedy... Uproarious Romance!

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Comedy | Romance

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Cary Grant was so convinced this film was not working, he begged to released during production. The film turned out to be a big hit. See more »

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The position of the chair when Jerry tips over changes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Warriner: Come on, Haig, get that sun lamp ready.
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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

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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This movie is utter nonsense -- and it's great!
24 August 1999 | by (Houston, Texas) – See all my reviews

Nothing in this movie makes sense, and it really doesn't matter. It succeeds with its self-assured anarchy and the charm of its stars.

Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy and especially Irene Dunne are in top form. Dunne has been unjustly overlooked for her comic talents. The contrast of her well-bred demeanor and inner wickedness is a delight -- like when she does a burlesque dance for a parlor of society snobs. She always appears to be on the edge of bursting out in laughter at the antics of Grant and the buffoonery of Bellamy. A wonderful nonsensical scene is of the musically skilled Dunne at the piano trying to sing "Home on the Range" with the hopelessly off-key Bellamy.

Grant is in the period of his career where he's not afraid of self-parody. He's at his best when he takes nobody and nothing seriously, and he's especially funny at tormenting the slow-witted Bellamy. And Bellamy is so good at playing dumb, you have to wonder if perhaps he's not really in on the joke. (Grant and Bellamy basically repeat their roles, with the same success, in "His Girl Friday," another first-rate comedy).

"The Awful Truth" is the masterpiece of Leo McCarey. There's really nothing else quite like it.


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