The Awful Truth

1937

Action / Comedy / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91% · 34 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 87% · 5K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.7/10 10 21557 21.6K

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Top cast

Cary Grant as Jerry Warriner
Sarah Edwards as Lucy's Attorney's Wife
Asta as Mr. Smith
Ralph Bellamy as Daniel Leeson
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746.76 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
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1.43 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 30 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MerryArtist 9 / 10

THE AWFUL TRUTH- not awful at all!

In this movie you can see two of the most brilliant actors, Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, who are both the Queen and King of Comedy. Apparently they enjoyed each other's company - which isn't surprising at all, considering that actors tend to favor actors who can keep up with themselves - as Dunne says "But working with Cary Grant was different from working with other actors - he was much more fun! I think we were a successful team because we enjoyed working together tremendously, and that pleasure must have shown through onto the screen," and Grant compliments her with "(Irene) had perfect timing in comedy and was the sweetest-smelling actress I ever worked with."

Dunne indeed has the perfect timing and one of my favorite parts in this movie was the scene where she puts on a double act, pretending to be Grant's sister. She has the ability to go back and forth between distinct characters and does it well, with her own little refreshing touches here and there. I have to say that I consider Irene one of the best comediennes of the 30s, alongside Carole Lombard and Myrna Loy.

Turning to Grant, he is of course one of my favorites, and an excellent actor. He was the steady companion beside Irene and was part of the reason this movie fared so well. He is one of the most natural actors I have ever seen. He can act all he wants and it doesn't seem like he's "acting." I admire performers who can do that, and Grant certainly deserves the reputation he had, and still has.

Overall this movie was fun and entertaining, although I personally think that the movie's success was rather exaggerated, because the story itself isn't all that great. However if you think about the wonderful Grant-Dunne chemistry and their outstanding performances, I guess it's really not that surprising after all.

Reviewed by atlasmb 9 / 10

The Warrin' Warriners

Cary Grant reportedly had little faith in this film, and wanted to quit the project, but it came to garner six Oscar nominations and earned the Best Director statuette for director Leo McCarey.

Thanks to McCarey, "The Awful Truth" is a comedy gem. With a running time of only 1.5 hours, it is packed with funniness. This is due in large part to McCarey's sense of comedy, his ability to retain control over the editing process, and the way he improved the script throughout filming. Also, it certainly didn't hurt that he had worked with Laurel and Hardy, whose physical style of humor translates well on Cary Grant. For another example of his comedy chops, check out "Ruggles of Red Gap".

Grant plays Jerry Warriner, husband to Lucy Warriner (Irene Dunne). They have a breezy, free-wheeling marriage that heads for divorce when they suspect each other of indiscretions. They go to court to determine custody of the dog, Mr. Smith (Skippy, who most viewers will recognize as Asta in "The Thin Man") then go their separate ways. Except they somehow keep bumping into each other.

Despite Grant's misgivings about the production, he is his usual, charming self. Dunne is delightful in return. In one scene, she pretends to be Jerry's uncultured sister as a means of embarrassing him before a genteel assemblage. Watching the two of them together is like watching a master class in comedy---under the expert tutelage of Mr. McCarey, of course.

Ralph Bellamy plays an Oklahoma oilman and rancher who has the expressive personality of a cowboy in a drawing room. Alexander D'Arcy plays Armand, Lucy's suggestively suave vocal instructor. And Cecil Cunningham is Lucys' Aunt Patsy, who tries to help the couple steer a sensible course through the stormy waters of matrimonial disunion. Bellamy and Dunne received Oscar nominations.

Reviewed by Qanqor 7 / 10

Very good, but not as great as advertised

I saw this film many years ago, when I was first discovering Cary Grant and going through some of his big films, and somehow it never made a big impression on me, and I largely forgot it. So I recently decided to see it again. It was very good, but didn't live up to all the rave reviews you see on this site.

I was perfectly content with the plot (althought it *is* a little odd, more on that later). The cast and performances were just fine. There were definitely some out-loud laughs and funny lines. Just... less of them than I expected. That's really my complaint, I just didn't think this one was as consistently funny as some of the other great screwball comedies of the era. I blame the script. While there are a few great lines, on the whole I think the dialog could've used some punching up. Some scenes just didn't do that much for me, especially when Cary is playing the piano and the dog is "singing". I just found it loud and irritating, and it didn't make sense to me why the other characters were trying to talk over this cacophony rather than either asking for some quiet or just going over to Leeson's apartment (which was only across the hall!) Also, some of the supporting characters could've been used to greater advantage: both the aunt and Leeson's mother had great promise but in the end weren't given that much to do, and as someone else astutely pointed out, the dog just disappears into the aether.

Now about the plot: It really seems very odd to me that we never DO find out what Cary was up to when he was supposed to be in Florida. He's clearly involved in *some* kind of deception. Are we supposed to assume that he was indeed having an affair? That seems both a little harsh and a little out of place, given the rest of the film. The key sticking point between the couple is clearly made out to be his inability to trust her; other than her initial discovery with the orange, she never reproaches him over his shenanigans (whatever they might be) nor does he ever display any contrition over them, which you'd think would be required if he really had been up to serious no good. Moreover, if he *was* having an affair, it leads to some obvious questions: 1) Why not have the affair *in Florida*? Florida is surely a very nice place to fly off to with a lover, and he could clearly afford it. 2) Why not continue with this lover after the divorce? The best he's able to come up with for the first half of the film is Miss Gone-With-The-Wind, who he admits he had just met. Frankly, it just never really seems credible to me that he was having an affair; it seems more likely that he was doing something of a decidedly less naughty character, like big-poker-game-with-the-boys or something. But you'd think that something like that would be revealed to us. Sadly, it looks like the true answer is that the writers had NO IDEA what he was doing not-in-Florida, they just needed to contrive something to help fuel the initial argument that leads to divorce. Which really is just lazy and makes the whole thing unnecessarily contrived.

On the plus side: I think the whole last bedroom scene really works. The film has been successful enough up to this point that we really *want* to see these two finally get together (well, back together), and we're really curious to see just how it's going to happen, and so the film teases and tantalizes us for a while at the end. And I don't think anybody has made a strong enough point of this yet: when Irene is lying there in the bed there, man, she is HOT! Her expression and body language is just so right-on, she's unbelievably alluring. You totally feel how much Cary's character must want to jump her, because you so much want to jump her yourself! (maybe only men (and lesbians) can truly appreciate this. :) )

So, overall, a very good film, but not quite up there with the likes of His Girl Friday or The Philadelphia Story.

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