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Writers:
Viña Delmar (screen play)
Arthur Richman (based on a play by)
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Release Date:
21 October 1937 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Irene Dunne original! Thank you, Lord! See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Lucy Warriner

Cary Grant ... Jerry Warriner

Ralph Bellamy ... Daniel Leeson
Alexander D'Arcy ... Armand Duvalle
Cecil Cunningham ... Aunt Patsy

Molly Lamont ... Barbara Vance
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Leeson

Joyce Compton ... Dixie Belle Lee
Robert Allen ... Frank Randall
Robert Warwick ... Mr. Vance
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Vance
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claud Allister ... Lord Fabian (uncredited)

Asta ... Mr. Smith (uncredited)
Al Bridge ... Motor Cop (uncredited)
Wyn Cahoon ... Mrs. Barnsley (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kathryn Curry ... Celeste (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Motor Cop (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Lucy's Attorney's Wife (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Viola Heath (uncredited)
Mitchell Harris ... Jerry's Attorney (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Vance's Butler (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Scott Kolk ... Mr. Barnsley (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Miki Morita ... Armand's Japanese Servant (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Lucy's Attorney (uncredited)
Zita Moulton ... Lady Fabian (uncredited)
George C. Pearce ... 'Dad' (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr. ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Frances Raymond ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Judge (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Hank (uncredited)
Lee Willard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank C. Wilson ... Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)

Directed by
Leo McCarey 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sidney Buchman  uncredited
Viña Delmar  screen play
Arthur Richman  based on a play by

Produced by
Everett Riskin .... associate producer
Leo McCarey .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
Stephen Goosson  (as Stephen Goossón)
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Mull .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Babs Johnstone .... interior decorator
 
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Milton Drake .... lyrics
Ben Oakland .... music
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Grant Still .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Dwight Taylor .... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
 
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91 min
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Monday, March 10th, 1941, with Ralph Bellamy reprising his character role of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the last scene, the door between the two connecting bedrooms has no latch, only a fake knob on either side. You can see the smooth edge of the door.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jerry Warriner:Come on, Haig, get that sun lamp ready.
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Soundtrack:
Home on the RangeSee more »

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39 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
Another Irene Dunne original! Thank you, Lord!, 19 March 2003
Author: Benoît A. Racine (benoit-3) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

'The Awful Truth' just came out on DVD and what a treat! I'd never seen it before. It's sort of a first draft of 'My Favorite Wife' (remade as 'Move Over Darling') and has all the patented screwball-romantic comedy-French farce elements of the 'Palm Beach Story' but in a less sophisticated form. Even though 'The Awful Truth' may have established a formula for all subsequent screwball comedies, let's face it, it's still rude and crude around the edges. But it probably was the 'There's something about Mary' of its time and Leo McCarey apparently got an Oscar for Best Director. Its gags and dialogue are at times so unexpected as to be termed "experimental". The movie is really all about the sexual tension between Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, married partners who wilfully dissolve their marriage over the husband's possible infidelity (barely alluded to) and his lack of confidence in his wife's virtue (a.k.a. jealousy). But this being 1937, sexuality has to be expressed in devious, contrived ways, including the occasional gratuitous slapstick. The Swiss clock ending is worth the price of admission in this respect. As is Cary Grant's date's obscene nightclub performance and his martial arts irruption into a society afternoon recital where his wife (Dunne) is singing an Italian aria that none of Grant's pratfalls can interrupt, except for one, memorable, epoch-making, anthology-ready second and a half towards the end that no other (singing) actress could have pulled off. What one has to remember, I guess, is that none of this nonsense had ever been attempted, seen or done on a screen before and it must have seemed terribly daring and innovative, thanks to the complicity and high spirits of a perfect cast, including Gee-shucks cowboy Ralph Bellamy, irrepressible faux-French charmer Alexander D'Arcy and worldly aunt Patsy (Cecil Cunningham). Irene Dunne, as usual, is a total original, and, by the way, Katharine Hepburn copied her comedy style and not the other way around (check your dates, guys).

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