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on 4 October 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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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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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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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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on 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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 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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on 2 August 2013
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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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 30 January 2002
The Awful Truth is somewhat a Hollywood Golden Age formula comedy. Dunne and Grant turn in solid comic performances, but never quite achieve the crackling chemistry Grant and Hepburn had. The plot is a bit forced, but the script is still witty and fast-paced in the good old screwball tradition. While the movie doesn't rise to the level of 'Bringing Up Baby' or 'The Philadelphia Story', it has its moments and, all in all, is a worthwhile watch to those, like me, who can never get enough of classic Hollywood comedies.
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on 11 June 2016
Grant and Dunne are great together, and the dog is a star as well. Silly plot, but plenty of gags and one liners to keep the story moving. Great 30's costumes. Cary is probably my fav actor and I enjoyed Irene Dunne too. You might want to check out My Favourite Wife, another Grant and Dunne screwball comedy.
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