The Awful Truth (1937)

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Critic Consensus: Great comic direction by Leo McCarrey and memorable onscreen chemistry from stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunne make this screwball comedy a charmer.

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This screwball comedy is filled with merry mix-ups and romantic misadventures that lead previously happy couple Jerry and Lucy Warriner to divorce. The trouble begins when Jerry supposedly goes to Florida for some rest; actually, he is planning to spend the vacation with his buddies.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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Runtime:
Studio:
Columbia

Cast

Cary Grant
as Jerry Warriner
Irene Dunne
as Lucy Warriner
Ralph Bellamy
as Daniel Leeson
Alex D'Arcy
as Armand Duvalle
Cecil Cunningham
as Aunt Patsy
Molly Lamont
as Barbara Vance
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Leeson
Joyce Compton
as Dixie Belle Lee
Robert (Tex) Allen
as Frank Randall
Robert Warwick
as Mr. Vance
Mary Forbes
as Mrs. Vance
Claud Allister
as Lord Fabian
Marguerite Churchill
as Barbara Vance
Zita Moulton
as Lady Fabian
Colton Scott
as Mr. Barnsley
Wyn Cahoon
as Mrs. Barnsley
Mitchell Harris
as Jerry's Attorney
Alan Bridge
as Motor Cop
Edgar Dearing
as Motor Cop
Leonard Carey
as Butler
Miki Morita
as Japanese Servant
Vernon Dent
as Police Sergeant
Al Bridge
as Motor Cop
Bobby Watson
as Hotel Clerk
Byron Foulger
as Secretary
Kathryn Curry
as Celeste
Bess Flowers
as Viola Heath
George C. Pearce
as Caretaker
Ed Mortimer
as Lucy's Attorney
Robert Allen
as Frank Randall
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Critic Reviews for The Awful Truth

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

Leo McCarey's largely improvised 1937 film is one of the funniest of the screwball comedies, and also one of the most serious at heart.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Zappy, sophisticated screwball comedy with Grant and Dunne displaying perfect timing.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

To be frank, The Awful Truth is awfully unimportant, but it is also one of the more laughable screen comedies of 1937, a fairly good vintage year.

Full Review… | May 21, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

A joy.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Film4

...has earned its reputation as one of the most effective screwball comedies from the 1930s.

Full Review… | April 10, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Awful Truth

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne get tired of being married and so opt for a divorce, only ... guess what? Yeah, you guessed it, they're still in love. Doh! The fun is in watching them convince each other then about what we already know from the jump. Asta shines throughout, too. By many judges one of the best of this genre. It does stand the test of time, so that says something, doesn't it? And Ralph Bellamy was a master at playing cold leftovers to Grant, practically blending into the wallpaper.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I enjoyed this movie, great cast, good story, and it's funny.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Cary Grant and Irene Dunn play a couple who rather impulsively decide to divorce and then spend the rest of the movie trying to undo their mistake while simultaneously undoing each other's new relationships. I'm not sure how taboo divorce was in their time, but the whole thing is played for laughs, with the two arguing over who gets custody of "mr. smith", their dog (who led to their first meeting). Actually, the dog is alot of fun, probably the best movie dog outside of Asta (the Thin Man's dog). What makes this film good is the chemistry Grant has with his leading lady (which he tends to have with every leading lady, which is a big part of what makes him so great). He not only plays a straight man to her hijinks, he also gets in some slapstick of his own.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

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