Friday, December 30, 2011

111. The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth
Directed by Leo McCarey

I had seen this one a long time ago but I decided to watch it again to refresh myself.  It is a good movie to watch again because the jokes are so fast that you will surely miss a few the first time.

Cary Grant is one of my favorite actors of all time.  We had seen him previously in She Done Him Wrong but he was more of an object to listen to Mae West's one liners than a real character.  In this movie he plays the husband of a couple that begins to get a divorce on unfounded suspicions.  They still love each other so they do their best to ruin the other's potential romances.  It is one of those witty and quick films that can only be delivered by the likes of Powell and Loy, Dunne and Grant, or Bogart and Bacall.  I can't even picture my favorite current actors pulling off a movie of this caliber.

As you probably guessed, I really enjoyed this film.  I am going to miss 30s comedies.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

The dog in this movie also starred in The Thin Man series.  I knew it!

The movie was mostly improvised by the cast and McCarey during filming.

Won Best Director.

Best moments:


  1. This is a movie I love to pull out for a fun evening. It always leaves me in such a good mood.

  2. Bits of this made me think "I could imagine the Marx Brothers doing this scene. But, then, he did direct Duck Soup s well.

  3. Agreed. Cary Grant always cheers me up.

  4. It's early days, but I suspect that if I ever complete this list then his may top my Best Actor Oscar overall