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When Leo McCarey received his 1937 Best Director Oscar for "The Awful truth," he reportedly said that he got it for the wrong film, a clear reference to his fondness for "Make Way for Tomorrow."
Paramount boss Adolph Zukor reportedly pressured Leo McCarey to alter the film's downbeat ending, but the director resisted, and his contract with the studio was not renewed.
Though they play elderly parents who have been cast aside by their children, Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi were only 61 and 49, respectively, when this film was made.
Beulah Bondi was actually one year younger than Elisabeth Risdon, who played her daughter Cora.
Director Leo McCarey made this film after the death of his father.
The film's 2009 Telluride presentation - after many years in obscurity - largely came about when Alexander Payne acquired an undamaged print off eBay for only $6.
Orson Welles was quoted as saying that the film "would make a stone cry".
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Leo McCarey was making The Milky Way (1936) with Harold Lloyd when he accidentally drank some contaminated milk and became so ill that he nearly died. This brush with mortality - and the recent death of his own father - made him want to make the film. McCarey in fact was so ill that he was unable to attend the funeral of his beloved father.
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John Ford, Frank Capra and Jean Renoir were big admirers of the film.
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French director Bertrand Tavernier's then wife, Colo Tavernier, was responsible for writing the French subtitles for its foreign release. She recalled that she found it extremely difficult to type up these subtitles as her eyes were full of tears.
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Leo McCarey spent almost a year making the film. He worked for a greatly reduced salary, refused to cast any stars and ignored Paramount chief Adolph Zukor's pleas for a happy ending.
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George Bernard Shaw wrote to Leo McCarey, expressing his admiration for the film.
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.
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The inspiration behind Yasujirô Ozu's most celebrated film, Tokyo Story (1953).
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Lucy Cooper's maiden name is Breckinridge.
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When he moved to Columbia, Leo McCarey found himself often at loggerheads with its notoriously difficult head, Harry Cohn. Whenever he went over budget or fell behind schedule on The Awful Truth (1937), Cohn would remind him of the commercial failure of Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). When The Awful Truth (1937) was released to great acclaim and excellent box office, McCarey led Cohn to believe that he would renew his contract with Columbia. But the day before they had agreed to sign, McCarey took out an ad in Variety announcing that he had just signed with RKO, the studio where he made two of his biggest hits, Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945).
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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