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The Awful Truth [DVD] (1937) [2003]

Irene Dunne , Cary Grant , Leo McCarey    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D'Arcy, Cecil Cunningham
  • Directors: Leo McCarey
  • Writers: Arthur Richman, Sidney Buchman, Viña Delmar
  • Producers: Leo McCarey, Everett Riskin
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AWRC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One of the top five screwball comedies of the 1930s, The Awful Truth helped to cement a genre that waxed golden until the end of the Second World War. Director Leo McCarey won an Oscar for Best Director for this 1937 romantic comedy--making it one of the most successful films of his career. Irene Dunne and Cary Grant are a squabbling couple who separate because of supposed infidelities on both sides. They part but cannot really keep away from each other. Grant finds himself hooked up with a socialite, Dunne becomes engaged to a millionaire hick played by the hapless Ralph Bellamy (as if he ever stood a chance as the "other" man). When not dating others, or baiting one another in a verbal war, Grant and Dunne wage a custody battle over their pathetic pooch. Gags, double entendres, witty remarks, snide comments, and fast-paced dialogue helped this to garner six Academy Award nominations. The Awful Truth was awfully good to Dunne and Grant, as both were b! reaking out of much more serious moulds and this secured their positions. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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Director Leo McCarey won an Oscar(r) and star Irene Dunne was nominated (one of her five Best Actressnominations) for THE AWFUL TRUTH, one of the most captivating screwball comedies ever made. A comicbattlefield presided over by two superbly-matched sparring partners, THE AWFUL TRUTH also stars Cary Grant as the other half of a couple facing divorce and fighting over custody of their beloved dog,Mr. Smith. Somewhere before the final divorce decree, however, Jerry decides he wants Lucy back, only to learn that she's marrying a country bumpkin (hilariously played by Ralph Bellamy). Jerry counters with an engagement to the aristocratic Molly Lamont, sparking a sexy, sophisticated battle of wits that ranks among the wackiest comedies in screen history.

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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try again soon, please 4 Oct 2003
Leo McCarey's screwball masterpiece deserves the best treatment of all. But sadly doesn't get it this time around. Almost nothing comes close to the perfection of this movie, its subtleties, its ambiguity. Irene Dunne delivers a true tour de force, not least in 'disguise' as the empty-headed sister from Paris. Cary Grant was never better or more precise. The dialogue is superb, the characters are brilliantly conceived. A work of true genius, which is why the treatment of it on DVD is so horrible. The picture is unclean, fuzzy, the sound is awful, and I could go on and on. So save your money, until someone responsible makes another go of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzlingly brilliant screwball comedy 13 Dec 2010
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One day many moons ago Channel 4 showed this film late one Sunday night - unlike the rubbish they frequently show now . I was dazzled by the brilliance of the dialogue, the marvellous comic timimg of Dunne and Grant and the superb supporting cast .

Very funny from start to finish and in many ways it still seems modern 70 years on .

Cinematic sunshine from start to end and there are few better films to cheer you up on a cold winter's day !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The rooster and the hen! 6 Sep 2014
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Lucy & Jerry Warriner strain their marriage by suspecting each other of cheating, so much so, a day in court leaves them with a 90 day prelude to a divorce. Sure enough, though, love never quite runs as expected, and can indeed be a truly complex thing, especially when the other parties involved are human, a cheeky cat, and a rather smart and astute canine!

The Awful Truth is tagged as part of the wonderful genre that encompasses the screwball comedy, and although to a degree that genre placement is true, I do believe that those not particularly fond of the high octane scattergun comedies from the genre, will certainly find this offering far more appealing with its pacing and lighthearted production values.

The Awful Truth began life as a stage play in the early 20s, and was then adapted to film twice previously in 1925 & 1929, but here for the 1937 version, director Leo McCarey {Academy Award winner Best Director} improves the story big time with sharp witty dialogue and an appreciative knack for letting his actors improvise at free will in the name of comedy. Taking the lead roles of the Warriner's is Cary Grant & Irene Dunne, and it's a great pairing as they positively bounce of each other with almost carefree abandon. Adding greatly to the frivolity is Ralph Bellamy as tone death country bumpkin love interest Daniel, Alex D'Arcy as the suave but naive Armand, and Cecil Cunningham as the wry Aunt Patsy. It's a seamless enjoyable romp containing many laugh out loud sequences, and as much as the outcome my never be in doubt, the ending is still a joy to behold. Even if the cat and the clock invariably steal the show!

Wonderful and highly recommended. 9/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Although rarely revived and oft overlooked when discussing the classic screwball comedies of the 30s despite being selected for the National Film Registry in 1996, The Awful Truth is still as delightfully funny as it was when it garnered five Academy Award nominations and won Best Director for Leo McCarey in 1937 even if today it's more romantic than risqué. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are one of those sophisticated couples with enough money to live in a mansion and enough time on their hands to worry about each other's possible infidelities until his double standards and unfounded suspicions lead to the divorce court. While they're waiting for it to become final she gets involved with Ralph Bellamy's country bumpkin oil millionaire and he, granted visiting rights to the couple's dog Mr Smith (played by Asta from The Thin Man series), does his utmost to embarrass her only for both to realise they still really love each other - only for petty jealousies, misunderstandings and each trying to get revenge by breaking up the others' new relationships to complicate matters. All of which is exactly as you might expect, but it's executed with real wit and panache, never overplaying its hand and as comfortable with a pratfall as with a smart one-liner. Vina Delmar's screenplay from Arthur Richman's play is terrific, but adding immensely to the fun is a wondrous display of reaction shots - embarrassment, bemusement and even occasional horror - from Grant (who was convinced during shooting he was making a complete turkey), a great Oscar-nominated comic turn from Bellamy, not to mention some fun setpieces like Mr Smith constantly fetching a gentleman caller's hat that Dunne desperately wants to stay hidden. It's all so fresh that it's a surprise to find out it was actually the third of four screen versions. Great stuff.

Sadly no extras (apart from trailers for His Girl Friday and Little Women).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great 12 May 2008
This is easily the best pairing of grant and dunne. It's fast paced and well observed screwball comedy of errors. you can't beat them asa team and I think they rival grant and hepburn, one of my favourite teamings. It's witty and funny and as usual dunne gets the better of grant. It's great to see this happen now and then as sometimes he seems to run roughshod over his female co-stars. If you like screwball comedies then get it and enjoy it again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Comedy 11 Dec 2012
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Cary Grant playing himself again but what a good job he makes of it, interesting interplay of screwball comedy between him and Irene Dunne as they try to regain each others affection, the dog MR Smith do,s a good job as a comedy support actor as well! With regard to the picture quality I played mine on a Blu Ray player with upscaling, and whilst a little grainy I think that for a film of this age it is not bad at all.
John Bentley. Liverpool.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Came very quickly and looking forward to watching.
Published 16 days ago by linda kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars why are thirties films so brilliant
Irene Dunne & Mr Grant, why are thirties films so brilliant
Published 20 days ago by allen theobald
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by ogün özkan
3.0 out of 5 stars I can only assume that the rest were not very good. I bought it...
The blurb says that this film was one of the top five screwball comedies of the 1930s. I can only assume that the rest were not very good. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr M H W Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was very pleased with both product and delivery service.
Published 2 months ago by Jim Whiteside
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Cary Grant Movies
This is so funny they don't make movies as good as this anymore. Sadly the disc had a fault so not able to view the last chapter had to jump to next level
Published 4 months ago by steven
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
After looking forward to receiving this after reading some fulsome reviews, I found it disappointing and pedestrian, and frankly boring
Published 6 months ago by C. J. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Screwball comedy at it peak!
Don't ask me how but this has escaped through my net! Oh My God is it funny. Wait until you see the scene where Cary Grant invades the salon where Irene Dunne I giving a recital! Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. M. Glenville
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny film
I got this film for my father, but watched it before I gave it to him. It is very funny and beautiful to look at. The fashions are spectacular. Read more
Published 14 months ago by A. Demonchaux
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Great service from supplier and very cheap well worth the money. video quality brilliant, the oldies are definately the best....story light hearted recommend it
Published 14 months ago by sarah thomas
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