Thursday, July 8, 2010

Weekend Matinee: The Awful Truth




Been a long week, has it? Had to wade through a lot of blurry photos over at Altadenhiker? (The things I could tell you about her … but don’t get me started.)

You deserve a reward.

Screwball comedies of the 30’s fell into two camps: Those with a message and those with no redeeming social value.

I know where I pitch my tent. (Some people aren't embarrassed to say how many times they've watched a favorite movie, but I'll dim the Coleman lantern on that one.)

Here’s a scene from The Awful Truth. Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. Only movie I’ve ever seen Grant trumped in comedic timing.

To set the scene, Cary & Irene are an uber-sophisticated Manhattan couple getting a divorce. But hours before the divorce is finalized, Irene realizes she loves Cary. He's now engaged, and his fiancé is a rich socialite with stuffy friends and family. Irene assumes an identity and crashes the party.

Shake out the fox fur and stir a martini; this one’s in focus.

The Awful Truth


(For double and triple features, click on the Weekend Matinee label below.)

39 comments:

  1. I think I saw a poster for this at the flea market on Sunday. It was most definitely something Cary Grant. I thought of you.

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  2. I'll take a thimbleful of this if you'll take a bushel of Doc Watson.

    Do you suppose anyone ever behaved, dressed, spoke that way, even in a more moderated version?

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  3. What are those sampler baskets of strawberries called -- where you get three? That's what I'll take of old Doc Watson.

    But Banjo, I'll take bushels of your poetry blog. It's the best there is. You have a sensible and sensitive approach which has made me reconnect to poetry, and I thank you for that.

    Vanda, is that my birthday present?

    Earl, knew you'd like it.

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  4. YOu don't get much better than Cary Grant. Dreamy.

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  5. I Dunne Irene Love? Did that sound right?

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  6. Grand! I'm thinking some of those lines of hers would be handy to remember.

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  7. I'll never admit to eating ham again, not in polite company, anyway.

    JJ

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  8. and I was expecting a piece on the advances of DNA....I found my remote

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  9. Thanks, KB, another smart piece and with Carey Grant to boot. Embarrassssssment never looked or sounded so good and Netflix has it for instant play.

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  10. Many movies of that era like to ridicule the rich snobs, their arrogant etiquette and being in the right circles of society. I haven't seen "The Awful Truth", but I'm going to. I also like "Holiday".

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  12. Let me know what you think when you've seen the whole thing. I didn't even show you the funniest scene.

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  13. I smiled all the way through that. Big smile.

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  14. Miss J is ashamed to admit she has never seen this... and she fancies herself a screwball lover. Adding to Netflix...

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  15. "I've seen your picture in the paper and wondered what you looked like" Classic.

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  16. Watching again and upon further reflection... I'm laughing my head off!

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  17. Very kind, Hiker. Thank you. I don't have dozens of visitors, but they're interested and sharp. Maybe six strawberries all told?

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  18. That dance at the end is too much.

    I actually have a copy of this in a boxed set of Cary Grant movies but every time I pull it out, I go straight to "Only Angels Have Wings" or, occasionally, "Holiday."

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  19. All that is WAYYYYYY before my time. I can't relate to any of it. Cary WHO??? Never heard of him.

    I love your new profile pic darlin.
    V

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  20. "I had three or four drinks before I got here but they're starting to wear off, and you know how that is."

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  21. Putting it on my Netflix list right now . . . great clip & I love Cary Grant.

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  22. Awwww, V!!! You are so pulling our legs!!!!

    AH...I absolutely adore Cary Grant and Irene Dunne movies...they're the best!!!

    I've got to get Netflix!!!

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  23. "Only I never would have known you from HIS description."

    It's so convincing, it just dawned on me, that the other people are actors too!

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  24. Enjoyed the movie. Some scenes were a bit overworked but on the whole, funny stuff. I didn't recognize Ralph Bellamy until he said something. I've only seen him as an older fellow.

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  25. This kind of acting looks easy because the scene breezes along. But it's extremely precise, and everyone in the scene has to contribute, as Mister Earl points out. Just watch that handkerchief bit and you realize how they had to choreograph it. It doesn't just happen that way, but it has to look like it does. Great stuff.

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  26. Netflix is going to "wonder why the run on the Awful Truth!" I am adding it to our que. Just a hoot!

    Thanks, AH!

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  27. I don't usually like old movies. They talk too fast. *grin* I did like this clip though, especially the part where she "loses" her purse. I'll have to remember that one.

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  28. I'm testing profiles...just ignore me

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  29. One of the few Cary Grant movies I have yet to view. Love the old movies; it as acting that made the movie. Now we're subjected to special affects and the constant barrage of item exploding.

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  30. I will add: the actors had a terrific script to work with. Without a script, there's no movie, no matter how good the actors are.

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  31. What a scenarist.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZmFmcy2S38

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  32. Sorry - out in the antipodes - what is this Netflix of which y'all speak?

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  33. Petrea, watching a movie with you would be a treat. Similar to a friend I have who's a set designer and that adds a whole new dimension to a film. All those things I never noticed or knew.

    Julie, the Netflix that we all talk about is a mail-order movie rental and also online source of films. with Netflix, you can pretty much cancel your cable (unless you want to watch tennis).

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  34. <a href="http://smmc.ca.gov/parkland_map.pdf"><b>Midtown</b></a>July 11, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Ignore me too, I'm just testing my name...

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  35. Is this is where the film was shot?

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  36. Karin, we watched The Awful Truth yesterday afternoon. A total hoot! Irene Dunne was excellent, and I was tickled to see she had been nominated for an Oscar for her role! Her recital scene was lovely, with Cary being the stooge. What a script!

    Thanks for the summer movie matinee idea!

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  37. Ahha ... I guess there are equivalents down here ... what I do is text my ex who gets me a copy of nearly anything within a few days ... he doesn't do Grant or Astair ... an allergy he contends.

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