Columbia’s 1937 The Awful Truth, is to my mind, one of the finest screwball comedies to come out of Hollywood.
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant are perfect, as a warring couple, that give us a myriad of delights.
For astute cinephiles, it’s also the first film to feature a reasonably fully molded Cary Grant, with many of the affectations and speech patterns that stayed with him through the decades. In effect, he came into full character in his early Columbia period, presumably under the guidance of director Leo McCarey, who had been at it since 1920, and had worked with some of the finest comedic talents.
One of the major discoveries for me, via this new Criterion release, was the overall quality. For the past four decades or so, the film was only available based upon 16mm dupes. Quality 35mm elements, had seemed to have slipped away.
Finally, seeing it from 35mm, is almost miraculous.
A must own!
Image – 4.25
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from DVD – Without a Doubt!
Very Highly Recommended