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The Awful Truth [DVD] (1937) [2003]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 11 December 2012
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2010
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2014
Screen legend Cary Grant must have starred in more great comedies than anybody else, but the master had to be at the top of his game to keep pace with the marvellous Irene Dunne in Leo McCarey's sparkling "screwball" comedy from 1937.
Grant and Dunne make an exceptional team as the couple who can't live with each other, only to find that they can't live without each other either, and Vina Delmar's crackling script gives them every opportunity to display their flair for comedy to the full.
McCarey deservedly lifted the year's Oscar as Best Director for this elegant, sophisticated battle of the sexes.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2009
This is the first of three great movies Cary Grant did with Irene Dunne. Cary had the opportunity to work with some of the most beautiful and talented women of Hollywood. He once said that he had most fun doing films with Irene Dunne. If you want know why he said that; then you may want to watch this movie, because this is precisely what you get, lots of fun watching the easy-going couple go at each other in a humorous sort of way. This is a different kind of "fun with Dick and Jane."

Leo McCarey won the Academy award in the best director category, and Irene got a nod from the Academy in best actress category during the nominating process, which goes show the power of this great classic. McCarey went on to make other classics such as: Once upon a Honeymoon (starring Cary Grant and Ginger Rogers), Bell's of St Mary's (Starring; Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman), and An Affair to Remember (Starring; Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr). The story is simply put; man meets woman, man loses woman, and finally man finds the woman again. Jerry Warriner (Cary Grant) and Lucy Warriner (Irene Dunne) are married couple and they split, they start going out with others, soon to be ex husband and wife sabotage each other's love affairs, and finally they reconcile. The fun is in the way they play game at each other and cause numerous fun-filled situations; some outright embarrassing for the other spouse; after all the fight between couples doesn't have to be a courtroom drama or a shouting match full of hostilities

The actual fun starts when they both become suspicious of the other having an affair. Then they agree to separate, and the courtroom drama is really about the custody of their little dog called Mr. Smith. Lucy wins the custody but Jerry gets the visitation rights, and they will have 60 days for the finalization of the divorce. This gives plenty of time to do a great deal of damage to each others romantic encounters with other people. There are many funny and sometimes embarrassing moments involving Jerry and Lucy: When Jerry is angry with Lucy's voice teacher Armand Duvalle (Alexander D'Arcy), because of his alleged affair with Lucy. The second one is the nightclub scene when Lucy' new beau, oil-magnate Dan Leeson (Ralph Bellamy) dance (jitterbug) funny with Lucy, and Jerry faces embarrassment when he tries to romance the nightclub dancer named Dixie Belle Lee (Joyce Compton). The scene I enjoyed most is when Jerry romances snooty socialite Barbara Vance (Molly Lamont), Lucy following his romance in the social columns, shows up at the home of Vance's parents as Jerry's drunken kid sister, and then tries to disengage his engagement in front of shocked Vance and her parents. After all the gimmicks and comedy, they find that they are made for each other, finally reconcile and get back together. This is a wonderful comedy and all fans of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne must see, and it is highly recommended.

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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! Sheer genius and how wonderful to see Cary Grant using those music hall skill from Bristol!
Der Archie Leech, you were wonderful!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
I was very pleased with both product and delivery service.
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on 5 August 2012
I saw this film years ago and although old it was one I wanted to see again. The copule in the story are really funny and do some crazy things to try and get the other back while their divorce is going through. Grant is great.
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on 3 July 2013
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. I would recommend this film to anyone. It is a classic.
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