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The Awful Truth -- The screwball antics of a couple (Irene Dunne and Cary Grant) who can't stand being married, but can't stand to see the other married to anyone else.

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Director:
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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Plot:
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:
This movie is utter nonsense -- and it's great! See more (97 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
Viña Delmar (screen play)

Arthur Richman (based on a play by)

Sidney Buchman  uncredited

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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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on Tuesday, January 18th, 1955, with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne reprising their character roles of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jerry Warriner:Come on, Haig, get that sun lamp ready.
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Soundtrack:
My Dreams Are Gone With the WindSee more »

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61 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
This movie is utter nonsense -- and it's great!, 24 August 1999
Author: eskridge from Houston, Texas

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 "hoochy" 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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