(Leo McCarey, US 1937, 92 min.)
Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are perfectly matched as bickering soon-to-be divorcees. When Dunne falls for a local yokel (Ralph Bellamy) and Grant gets mushy for a high-class socialite, the two begin plotting ways to ruin each other’s impending happiness. In grand screwball style, The Awful Truth is filled with biting dialogue, witty asides, double entendres, and dead-on cultural observations. It won an Oscar for its esteemed director, Leo McCarey.