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The Awful Truth ()


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Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance.

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Lucy Warriner
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Jerry Warriner
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Daniel Leeson
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Armand Duvalle
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Aunt Patsy
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Barbara Vance
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Mrs. Leeson
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Dixie Belle Lee
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Frank Randall
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Mr. Vance
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Vance
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Lord Fabian (uncredited)
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Mr. Smith (uncredited)
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Motor Cop (uncredited)
Wyn Cahoon ...
Mrs. Barnsley (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Kathryn Curry ...
Celeste (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ...
Motor Cop (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ...
Lucy's Attorney's Wife (uncredited)
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Viola Heath (uncredited)
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Jerry's Attorney (uncredited)
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Vance's Butler (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Mr. Barnsley (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Miki Morita ...
Armand's Japanese Servant (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ...
Lucy's Attorney (uncredited)
Zita Moulton ...
Lady Fabian (uncredited)
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'Dad' (uncredited)
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Bailiff (uncredited)
Frances Raymond ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Judge (uncredited)
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Hank (uncredited)
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Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank C. Wilson ...
Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)

Directed by

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Leo McCarey

Written by

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Viña Delmar ... (screen play)
 
Arthur Richman ... (based on a play by)
 
Sidney Buchman ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Everett Riskin ... associate producer
Leo McCarey ... producer (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Joseph Walker ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Al Clark

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Lionel Banks
Stephen Goosson ... (as Stephen Goossón)

Costume Design by

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Robert Kalloch ... (gowns) (as Kalloch)

Makeup Department

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Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William Mull ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Babs Johnstone ... interior decorator

Sound Department

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Edward Bernds ... sound engineer (uncredited)

Music Department

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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) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Silvers ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Grant Still ... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Dwight Taylor ... screenplay constructor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines It's a Glorious Comedy... Uproarious Romance! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Cette sacrée vérité (France)
  • Die schreckliche Wahrheit (Germany)
  • La pícara puritana (Spain)
  • Ужасная правда (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Die verduivelde waarheid (Netherlands)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia Cary Grant was so convinced this film was not working, he begged to released during production. The film turned out to be a big hit. See more »
Goofs Lucy introduces her music teacher "Armand Duvalle" as "Armand Lavalle". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963). See more »
Soundtracks My Dreams Are Gone With the Wind See more »
Quotes Armand Duvalle: I am a great teacher, not a great lover.
Lucy Warriner: That's right, Armand. No one could ever accuse you of being a great lover.
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