The Awful Truth The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

Leo McCarey

The Awful Truth (Criterion Blu-Ray)

17 Apr 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1937
  • 91 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #917

In this Oscar-winning farce, Cary Grant (in the role that first defined the Cary Grant persona) 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. But try as they might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help meddling in Lucy’s ill-matched engagement to a corn-fed Oklahoma businessman (Ralph Bellamy), and a mortified Lucy begins to realize that she may be saying goodbye to the only dance partner capable of following her lead. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey, a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, The Awful Truth is a warm but unsparing comedy about two people whose flaws only make them more irresistible.


Lucy WarrinerIrene Dunne
Jerry WarrinerCary Grant
Daniel LeesonRalph Bellamy
Armand DuvalleAlexander D’Arcy
Aunt PatsyCecil Cunningham
Barbara VanceMolly Lamont
Mrs. LeesonEsther Dale
Dixie Belle LeeJoyce Compton


DirectorLeo McCarey
Produced byLeo McCarey
Screenplay byViña Delmar
Based on a play byArthur Richman
Cinematography byJoseph Walker
Associate producerEverett Riskin
Editing byAl Clark

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview with critic Gary Giddins about director Leo McCarey
  • New video essay by film critic David Cairns on Cary Grant’s performance
  • Illustrated 1978 audio interview with actor Irene Dunne
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring Grant and Claudette Colbert
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic Molly Haskell

Other Editions

The Awful Truth (Criterion DVD)

17 Apr 2018


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96


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