The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

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A separated couple sabotages each other's love affairs while waiting for their divorce decree to become final

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LPL_RandiH Nov 09, 2017

One of the best comedies of the 30s. A luminescent Irene Dunn whose comic timing could not be better. A suave and bemused Cary Grant. Ralph Bellamy at his clueless-est. Grant and Dunn seem truly to enjoy playing off of each other (I bet the outtakes were hilarious.) So many perfectly realized scenes -- too many to call out BUT...watch especially for the one in the night club, both at the table, during the entertainment and especially on the dance floor AND the one in which Dunn morphs from the sophisticated Lucy into the rather racier Lola. I'll leave you with a question: Who, if anyone, was unfaithful?

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clehrhoff_o
Apr 01, 2016

Superb. Not quite as good as His Girl Friday, but what is.

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ThomasJWhiting
Mar 31, 2016

VERY GOOD 1937 comedy which was a bit slow taking off - I almost bailed after first half hour - but it picked up and I rather enjoyed it's broad comedic style and got a few laughs.
Cary Grant provided rather smooth acting - as did Mr. Smith (the dog).

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BoogerBot
May 06, 2015

Love that they fight over the dog. "Cute" hollywood movie

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Nursebob
Dec 12, 2014

Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are perfectly matched in this sparkling little confection voted one of the top comedies of all time by Premiere magazine. They play Jerry and Lucy Warriner, New York socialites whose marriage is coming undone thanks to a few innocent fibs and a general mistrust of each other. With only ninety days to go before their divorce settlement becomes final the former lovebirds try getting into the dating scene once more, she with an Oklahoma oil tycoon and he with a ditzy nightclub singer and sullen debutante. But, the awful truth is they’re actually ambivalent about ending their relationship and thus spend way too much time trying to sabotage one another’s attempts at finding new love. A partially improvised script crackles with witty comebacks and double entendres as the Warriner’s verbal sparring goes from casual insults to a catty game of one-upmanship. In two of the film’s funnier scenes Jerry sets his soon-to-be ex up for a dance floor fail and she later retaliates by arriving at his new girlfriend’s estate pretending to be a drunken sister. A chic urban comedy sure to put a smile on your face! And yes, the Warriner’s dog, “Mr. Smith”, also played Asta in The Thin Man series.

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Isley
Jun 18, 2014

Sullied only by the unaddressed potential infidelity of the husband, this is still one of the all time great comedies. At its core it is just a series of hilarious scenes, but they are all so well done that the film can survive multiple viewings per year and remain eternally fresh (something that few movies are able to do).

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frankyu_1964
Jan 20, 2014

One of the better "Screwball" comedies from the 1930's, if you want to watch his best, check out "Bringing up Baby" and "His Girl Friday" which would be in everyone's top 10 list for comedy. As for the High Noon comparison, unsure where that's coming from, given that was a Western with Gary Cooper which is also on most of critics top 10 westerns of all time.

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akirakato
Jan 20, 2014

This is a 1937 screwball comedy starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant.
The drama 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.
The film seems too old to me especially when I see Dunne wearing a fluffy overcoart, which makes her look like a polar bear.
I didn't know that people drink a glass of eggnog with a little bit of nutmeg.
Compared to "High Noon" filmed in 1952, Grant's acting seems like a novice-actor.

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Janice21383
Aug 09, 2011

Cleanse your imagination with the other best romantic comedy ever made (with The Lady Eve.) Featuring Dunne and Grant at the height of their comedic powers and gorgeousity. And I adopted a wire-haired fox terrier, because of this film (and The Thin Man.) For heaven's sake, what more do you want?

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Janice21383
May 27, 2012

I had three or four (drinks) before I came, but they're starting to wear off, and you know how THAT is.

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Janice21383
May 27, 2012

I guess it's easier for her to change her name, than her whole family to change theirs.

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Janice21383
May 27, 2012

That's the trouble with modern marriage. People IMAGINING things.

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