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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:
One of the Best of the 30's 'Screwball Comedies' See more (96 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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91 min
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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Trivia:
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time" in 2006.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Lucy introduces her music teacher "Armand Duvalle" as "Armand Lavalle".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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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best of the 30's 'Screwball Comedies', 2 August 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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