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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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Viña Delmar (screen play)
Arthur Richman (based on a play by)
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Release Date:
21 October 1937 (USA) See more »
It's a Glorious Comedy... Uproarious Romance!
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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Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Just great See more (97 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Did You Know?

According to Ralph Bellamy, Irene Dunne requested to be released from the picture, although she and Leo McCarey later denied that.See more »
Continuity: After Jerry interrupts Lucy's recital, he places his hat on a table. When he falls over in the chair moments later, the hat is in a different position.See more »
[first lines]
Jerry Warriner:Come on, Haig, get that sun lamp ready.
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Movie Connections:
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Just great, 11 December 2001
Author: preppy-3 from United States

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne play an unhappily married couple who divorce only to discover they were happier married. Naturally they won't admit it...

You can probably guess the rest (the story is ages old), but this movie is fantastic! The acting is great--Dunne and Grant are in top form and work beautifully together. The script is hilarious with many great lines and moves VERY quickly. Director Leo McCarey won a well-deserved Oscar for this--a rare occasion for a director winning for a comedy. He keeps it moving and large chunks of the plot are explained by images and not clumsy exposition. Also Cecil Cunningham adds strong support as Aunt Patsy--her expressions are priceless and she nails her lines. Mr. Smith played by Asta is a dog who steals every scenes he's in. Ralph Bellamy is stuck with the impossible "good guy" role. He's fine but given nothing to do.

I've seen it at least seven times and I still laugh out loud each and every time. A definite must-see. There are many great lines but my favorite is--"Here's your diploma"

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