Tagline – It’s a Glorious Comedy… Uproarious Romance!
Starring – Irene Dunne (Lucy Warriner), Cary Grant (Jerry Warriner), Ralph Bellamy (Daniel Leeson), Alexander D’Arcy (Armand Duvalle).
Released – October, 1937
Directed By – Leo McCarey
Produced By – Colombia Pictures Corporation
Distributed By – Colombia Pictures
NOTABLE: The Awful Truth won the Academy Award for Best Director (Leo McCarey), and was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Irene Dunne), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ralph Bellamy), Best Film Editing, and Best Writing, Screenplay.
In 1996, The Awful Truth was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
This motion picture provided Cary Grant with the opportunity to display his light comedy persona which proved to be the basis for nearly all of his subsequent films. Writer/Director Peter Bogdanovich stated that when it comes to light comedy, “there was Cary Grant and everyone else was an also-ran”.
A great deal of the film was improvised by Director Leo McCarey. So much so that, at one point, Cary Grant tried to get out of the film. However, the picture was loved by the public and got Grant’s career off and running.
In 2006, Premiere magazine voted this motion picture one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies of All Time.”
The fox terrier in the film playing Mr. Smith is actually named Skippy, with the previous credit of having played Asta in the Thin Man movies.
The Awful Truth was the first of three screen pairings of Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.