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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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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Sunday, March 17th, 1940, with Ralph Bellamy reprising his role from the film. See more »

Goofs

When Lucy has her chin on her hand, the position of her hand changes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Warriner: Come on, Haig, get that sun lamp ready.
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Connections

Referenced in My Favorite Martian: The Awful Truth (1963) See more »

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La Serenata
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Sung by Irene Dunne
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One of the Best of the 30's 'Screwball Comedies'
2 August 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

A fine cast and director Leo McCarey's expert sense of the absurd make this a very amusing classic comedy. It is a good example of what master craftsmen can do to turn a thin and deliberately implausible plot into a fun movie.

The actual story is pretty simple, serving only as a setup for a lot of pleasant nonsense - Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play a couple who get divorced, and then make each other jealous when they pursue other relationships. Both leads are excellent, and they are helped by a good supporting cast. Ralph Bellamy is well-cast as a bumpkin who starts a relationship with Dunne, and Alexander D'Arcy has some very funny moments with Grant, as Dunne's voice teacher who provokes Grant to fits of jealousy. Not an awful lot really happens, but there are a lot of zany moments.

If you enjoy these 30's 'screwball comedies', "The Awful Truth" is one of the best ones, and you almost certainly won't be disappointed with it.


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