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The Awful Truth (1937 movie)

9 Ratings: 3.4
1937 motion picture starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne

The Awful Truth is a 1937 screwball comedy film starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. The plot concerns the machinations of a soon-to-be-divorced couple, played by Dunne and Grant, who go to great lengths to try to ruin each other's romantic escapades. … see full wiki

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Release Date: January 1, 1937
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about The Awful Truth (1937 movie)

Classic screwball!

  • Jun 11, 2011
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+4
Both Jerry Warriner (Cary Grant) and his wife Lucy (Irene Dunn) are convinced that their spouse is cheating on them. And with very good reason. Looks like their marriage is on the rocks and the couple files for divorce. The decree will become official in 90 short days.  In the meantime both Jerry and Lucy get engaged to other people.   Jerry gets hooked up with heiress Barbara Vance (Molly Lamont) while Lucy manages to get mixed up with a mama's boy oil man from Oklahoma named Dan Leeson (Ralph Bellamy).  Yet despite these goings on something is gnawing at both Jerry and Lucy.  Seems that the prospect of a divorce has made each of them realize that they just can't live without the other after all.  But neither will come out and admit it.  Instead they go about trying to sabotage each others relationship with positively hilarious results.  For me the highlight of this film is when Lucy crashes a party at the home of Jerry's new fiancee posing as his sister.  The interaction between Grant and Dunne in this scene is positively priceless.  

Many consider "The Awful Truth" to be the best of the so-called "screwball" comedies that Cary Grant appeared in.  Personally, I prefer both "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "My Favorite Wife" to this one but "The Awful Truth" is a highly enjoyable flick as well.  Leo McCarey won the Academy Award for Best Director in 1937 for this film.  Definitely worth seeing!     Highly recommended!
Classic screwball! Classic screwball! Classic screwball! Classic screwball!

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