The Awful Truth

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USA | 1937 | 90 minutes | Leo McCarey

April 1, 2020

SIFF Movie Club

Produced in the same year that McCarey directed Make Way for Tomorrow, The Awful Truth is the opposite of that tearjerker, throwing Cary Grant and Irene Dunne into a delightful, screwball scenario as a husband and wife headed towards splitsville, despite the fact that neither one of them really wants out of their marriage.

While The Awful Truth scored McCarey his first of two Best Director Oscars, he maintained that the other film he made in 1937 was the more deserving work. Regardless, The Awful Truth remains one of the most popular, enduring, and clever romantic comedies of the silver screen era.

"What elevates McCarey's masterpiece—what makes it arguably the greatest of its genre—is its unobtrusive depth of feeling. Never sappy, the movie is at once light on its feet and grounded at heart."—Elbert Ventura, Popmatters.

  • Director: Leo McCarey
  • Principal Cast: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 1937
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Screenplay: Viña Delmar, Arthur Richman
  • Language: English