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. Try as they each might to move on, the mischievous Jerry can’t help but meddle 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.
- New interview with critic Gary Giddens about director Leo McCarey
- New video essay by film critic David Cairns on actor Cary Grant’s performance
- Illustrated 1978 audio interview with actor Irene Dunn
- Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring actor Claudette Colbert and Cary Grant
- An essay by film critic Molly Haskell