Leo McCarey

The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth

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.

Film Info

  • Leo McCarey
  • United States
  • 1937
  • 91 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
  • Spine #917

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

The Awful Truth
Cast
Irene Dunne
Lucy Warriner
Cary Grant
Jerry Warriner
Ralph Bellamy
Daniel Leeson
Alexander D’Arcy
Armand Duvalle
Cecil Cunningham
Aunt Patsy
Molly Lamont
Barbara Vance
Esther Dale
Mrs. Leeson
Joyce Compton
Dixie Belle Lee
Credits
Director
Leo McCarey
Produced by
Leo McCarey
Screenplay by
Viña Delmar
Based on a play by
Arthur Richman
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker
Associate producer
Everett Riskin
Editing by
Al Clark

From The Current

The Awful Truth: Divorce, McCarey Style
The Awful Truth: Divorce, McCarey Style

With a mix of improvisation, balletic physicality, and slapstick humor, Hollywood master Leo McCarey crafted the most sublime of screwball comedies.

By Molly Haskell

On Film / Essays — Apr 19, 2018