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The Awful Truth (1937)

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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.

Director: Leo McCarey
Writers: Viña Delmar, Sidney Buchman.

Release Date: 1937-10-21
Status: Released
Run time: 91 min / 1:31
Production Company : Columbia Pictures
Production Country: United States of America
Release Date: 1937-10-21
Status: Released
Run time: 91 min / 1:31

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Casts

Irene Dunne
as Lucy Warriner
Cary Grant
as Jerry Warriner
Ralph Bellamy
as 'Dan' Leeson
Alexander 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 (uncredited)
Al Bridge
as Motor Cop (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing
as Motor Cop (uncredited)
Wyn Cahoon
as Mrs. Barnsley (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards
as Lucy's Attorney's Wife (uncredited)
Bess Flowers
as Viola Heath (uncredited)
Mitchell Harris
as Jerry's Attorney (uncredited)
Dell Henderson
as Vance's Butler (uncredited)
Scott Kolk
as Mr. Barnsley (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Miki Morita
as Armand's Japanese Servant (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer
as Lucy's Attorney (uncredited)
Zita Moulton
as Lady Fabian (uncredited)
George C. Pearce
as 'Dad' (uncredited)
Edward Peil Sr.
as Bailiff (uncredited)
Paul Stanton
as Judge (uncredited)
John Tyrrell
as Hank (uncredited)
Frank C. Wilson
as Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Ruth Cherrington
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Dora Clement
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Arthur Stuart Hull
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank McLure
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Frances Raymond
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Bruce Sidney
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Lee Willard
as Minor Role (uncredited)
Skippy
as Mr. Smith

Crew

Sound George Parrish Orchestrator
Directing Leo McCarey Director
Writing Viña Delmar Screenplay
Writing Arthur Richman Theatre Play
Sound Milton Drake Music
Sound Mischa Bakaleinikoff Music
Sound William Grant Still Music
Writing Dwight Taylor Other
Writing Sidney Buchman Screenplay
Costume & Make-Up Robert Kalloch Costume Design
Production Leo McCarey Producer
Production Everett Riskin Associate Producer
Camera Joseph Walker Director of Photography
Editing Al Clark Editor
Art Lionel Banks Art Direction
Art Stephen Goosson Art Direction
Costume & Make-Up Robert J. Schiffer Makeup Artist
Directing William Mull Assistant Director
Art Babs Johnstone Interior Designer
Sound Edward Bernds Sound Engineer
Sound Ben Oakland Music
Sound Morris Stoloff Music Director
Sound Louis Silvers Original Music Composer
Sound Arthur Morton Original Music Composer

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  • Historically, The Awful Truth is probably most significant as the film that secured Grant's star, forcing him to adopt his famously relaxed persona through McCarey's improvisational approach to ...

  • The Awful Truth is one of my all-time favorite movies! It is an absolutely hilarious screwball comedy. Essentially, The Awful Truth is the story of Jerry (Cary Grant) and Lucy (Irene Dunne) Warriner: a rich, elegant couple that decides to get a divorce.

  • The 30's was a much more innocent time for Hollywood filmmaking. Directors hadn't really dug deep into the more somber overtones of the 40's, and I think this contributed to The Awful Truth's charm.

  • The acting isn’t great, but the Metropolitan Playhouse production of “The Awful Truth” provides a rewarding sense of rediscovery, even for those unfamiliar with the work. It’s the ...

  • For more about The Awful Truth and the The Awful Truth Blu-ray release, see the The Awful Truth Blu-ray Review published by Dr. Svet Atanasov on March 15, 2018 where this Blu-ray release scored 4 ...

  • Awful Truth is anything but awful In 1937 Cary Grant was already a Hollywood Giant. a dynamic actor and a genuine Star. But in the `Awful Truth,' Irene Dunn took him to school. Yes, Mr. Grant was as charismatic as usual, delivering his lines marvelously, perfect in comedic timing, and demonstrating great physical humor.

  • The Awful Truth is a situational comedy, but the rapport between Grant and Dunne and how they react to each other is what makes this film so smartly funny. Cary Grant had many famous and popular leading ladies (including Katharine Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly).

  • The Awful Truth (1937) Blu-ray Review Dr. Loomis 24th May 2018 The Criterion Collection has recently released a 4K remastered version of the classic Cary Grant screwball comedy film The Awful Truth (1937) on to Blu-ray.

  • Like many comedies of remarriage, The Awful Truth never suggests that its central couple won’t reconcile—because if suspense were to truly enter the equation, the film’s delicate emotional soufflé might collapse, ruining the high sense of suggestion with the explicitness of consequences.