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The Awful Truth (1937)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 21 October 1937 (USA)
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

Director:

Leo McCarey

Writers:

Viña Delmar (screen play), Arthur Richman (based on a play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Vance
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Storyline

Before their divorce becomes final, Jerry and Lucy Warriner both do their best to ruin each other's plans for remarriage, Jerry to haughty socialite Barbara Vance, she to oil-rich bumpkin Daniel Leeson. Among their strategies: Jerry's court-decreed visitation rights with Mr. Smith, their pet fox terrier, and Lucy doing her most flamboyant Dixie Belle Lee impersonation as Jerry's brassy "sister" before his prospective bride's scandalized family. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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A classic screwball comedy, a memorable night's entertainment See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

21 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cette sacrée vérité See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tay Garnett turned down an offer to direct the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry tips over in his chair, the drawer falls out of the table which he has knocked over. In the next shot, the drawer is inside the table again and he is shown accidentally pulling it out while attempting to rearrange the furniture. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jerry Warriner: Come on, Haig, get that sun lamp ready.
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Connections

Referenced in Once and Again: The Awful Truth (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

My Dreams Are Gone With the Wind
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Milton Drake
Performed by Joyce Compton (dubbed)
Reprise by Irene Dunne
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This movie is utter nonsense -- and it's great!
24 August 1999 | by AndrewDavidEskridgeSee all my reviews

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 burlesque 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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