The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

DVD - 2018
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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne exude charm, cunning, and artless affection as an urbane couple who, fed up with each other's infidelities, resolve to file for divorce. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can't help but meddle in Lucy's ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman, and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
ISBN: 9781681434230
Branch Call Number: AWF
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 minutes) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in
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ms_mustard
Oct 15, 2018

a very enjoyable Grant/Dunn comedy from the 1930s
the special features explain how Grant came to be the amusing debonair pratfall artist that we can enjoy in so many films over his lifetime

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Pyewkt
Sep 16, 2018

Five Stars... My favorite movie! Cary and Irene are great, as is Mr. Smith the wire fox terrier. Hysterical, love it!

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moonbk
Jul 24, 2018

This movie is a bit dated but that's to be expected. But, who doesn't love Cary Grant!

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desmondghyoung
Jun 03, 2018

Cary Grant never disappoints me. Just watch Father Goose the fourth time.

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Reading_Right
May 07, 2018

The script is a little too stupid for me. Doesn't work the way "His Girl Friday" does.

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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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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