90 Days of Oscar Nominees #21 – The Awful Truth (1937)

In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 21st review of the 90 chosen Films…

“Things are the way you think I made them. I didn’t make them that way at all. Things are just the same as they always were, only, you’re the same as you were, too, so I guess things will never be the same again.” – Lucy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 Dec 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A married couple start divorce proceeding after a miscommunication and both try to sabotage the other’s impeding romances while they wait for their divorce to be finalized.

My Take on it – This is a film that can be classified among the funniest of the screwball comedies because the two lead characters played by Cary Grant and Irene Dunne have such amazing chemistry even when they seemingly wish to repel one another.

Watching the conversations between this couple is great because they do is so humorously.

The dialogue is clever and the quips that most of the characters wield are sharp and cut quite deeply because they are written so well.

I loved Ralph Bellamy’s character because he is there solely for comic relief yet he himself believes that he is the most serious of all of the characters.

The antics performed by both of the leads work so well as they each try to ruin the other’s potential budding new relationship mainly because they think of very clever ways to do this.

Bottom Line – Really fun screwball comedy that works on so many levels. Grant and Dunne have great back and forth chemistry that is hilarious to watch unfold. Bellamy is great in a role  of a character who is there just for the laughs but takes himself so seriously. The antics that both of these characters play in order to ruin the other’s budding relationships are quite clever and works so well. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ralph Bellamy got a good taste of Leo McCarey’s working style very early on. He was simply told to show up on the set the following Monday for filming, with no script, no dialogue, or even a hint about his upcoming scene. So he went to see the director, but received no help at all from the perpetually upbeat McCarey. “He just joshed and said not to worry, we’d have lots of fun but there wasn’t any script,” Bellamy wrote years later. The actor showed up on set for the first day of production to find Irene Dunne at a piano. (McCarey almost always kept a piano on his sets, and he would often sit playing while he thought up a new scene or piece of business he wanted his actors to try.) Dunne was pecking away at the melody to “Home on the Range,” and McCarey asked Bellamy if he could sing. “Can’t get from one note to the other,” the actor replied. “Great!” McCarey said and ordered the cameras to roll while Dunne played and Bellamy sang for all he was worth. When they finished the song, they heard no “Cut.” Looking over, they found McCarey by the camera, doubled over with laughter. Finally he said, “Print it!” The scene ended up in the finished picture. That was the way McCarey worked, and Bellamy had to get used to it quickly. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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