November, 1937 – Columbia Pictures screwball comedy The Awful Truth has proven to be a tremendous success for Director/Producer Leo McCarey.
As a graduate of the Hal Roach studio, and the man credited with the pairing of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, McCarey uses the screen talents of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne to absolute perfection. The duo play Jerry and Lucy Warriner a married couple who suspect each other of being unfaithful.
But, the big winner may just be Columbia Pictures. No longer will the studio have to depend, almost solely, on Frank Capra for comedy genius. Leo McCarey has demonstrated that he will be more than capable in guiding the production and direction of great comedy.
Impending divorce has never been more funny then in The Auful Truth. And, the supporting cast is pitch-perfect including Ralph Bellamy as Lucy’s post-separation suitor, Alexander D’Arcy as Lucy’s handsome music teacher and possible lover, Cecil Cunningham as Lucy’s Aunt Patsy, and Molly Lamont as heiress Barbara Vance and Jerry’s post-separation suitor.
Jealously rears its ugly head as both Jerry and Lucy will try just about anything to ruin the other’s new romantic interests.
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne skillfully, and very appealingly, play a couple who can’t live with or without each other and will sooner or later have to face The Awful Truth.