Lucy (Irene Dunne) and Jerry Warriner (Cary Grant) are a married couple who each suspect the other of having an affair. They decide to get a divorce, with Lucy receiving custody of their dog, Mr. Smith. When Jerry later comes to Lucy's apartment to visit with Mr. Smith, he sees Lucy with another man and becomes determined to sabotage the relationship -- which prompts Lucy to do the same for Jerry when opportunity arises! Lucy and Jerry realize they still truly love one another, but can they reconcile before the divorce becomes final?
Not only is The Awful Truth one of my favorite-ever films, but it's also the ideal example of sophisticated and witty screwball comedy.
The story is just packed with incredibly hilarious and well-orchestrated situations -- Lucy and Jerry's custody argument over Mr. Smith, Jerry's bursting into Lucy's recital, the fabulous farce of too many men at Lucy's apartment, Lucy's performance as Jerry's 'sister.'
Irene and Cary are absolutely perfect -- both so marvelously talented at comedy or drama, and of course so charismatic and attractive together. This is my favorite film of theirs, and I wish they'd done more!
Special mention must also be made for awesome canine actor Skippy, who played Mr. Smith, and has some great scenes of his own -- including goofing around with Jerry at Lucy's apartment, and later when he gets another man's hat during 'hide and seek.'
Very highly recommended; The Awful Truth is really a must-see film!
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