Awful Truth / Born Yesterday / His Girl Friday
  • Awful Truth / Born Yesterday / His Girl Friday
  • Awful Truth / Born Yesterday / His Girl Friday

The Awful Truth / Born Yesterday / His Girl Friday

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Director: George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Leo McCarey

Cast: Cary Grant, George Cukor, Howard Hawks, Leo McCarey

     
 

Garson Kanin's Broadway hit was transferred to the screen with only a few passing nods to the stricter censorship required by films. Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, a strident, dim-bulbed ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of millionaire junk tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford). In Washington to put a few senators and congressmen in…  See more details below

Overview

Garson Kanin's Broadway hit was transferred to the screen with only a few passing nods to the stricter censorship required by films. Judy Holliday won an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn, a strident, dim-bulbed ex-chorus girl who is the mistress of millionaire junk tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford). In Washington to put a few senators and congressmen in his pocket (the better to lay the groundwork for an illegal cartel), the rude-and-crude Brock realizes that the unrefined Billie will prove an embarrassment. Thus he hires idealistic but impoverished Paul Verrell (William Holden) to pump some intelligence and "class" into Billie. Paul does his job too well; by awakening Billie's social and political consciousness, he turns the girl into Brock's most formidable foe in his efforts to buy influence in DC. Along the way Paul and Billie fall in love.

Editorial Reviews

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One of the greatest screwball comedies of the thirties, The Awful Truth is arguably the archetypal example of this influential genre. The plot -- in which a gorgeous, sophisticated couple (played by Cary Grant and Irene Dunne) divorce, dabble with various Mr. and Miss Wrongs, and get back together again -- is the screwball formula distilled to its essence. Also exemplary are the film's opulent sets and costumes, and Grant's and Dunne's fabulously witty dialogue. Like the featured couple in most screwball comedies, Jerry and Lucy Warriner are made for each other, a fact reinforced mostly by their sublime bickering (and the supporting characters' futile attempts to keep up with them). Based on a stage play by Arthur Richman that had been filmed twice before, Vina Delmar's script ably supplies the two stars with choice barbs, and Leo McCarey's confident direction keeps the action moving from set piece to hilarious set piece. Grant and Dunne are, unsurprisingly, brilliant as the warring Warriners, though special mention must also be made of some of the actors playing their hapless suitors: Ralph Bellamy as the hayseed Dan Leeson (Bellamy would later play nearly the same role in Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday); Alexander d'Arcy as the hilariously insipid Armand Duvalle; and Joyce Compton as the incomparable Dixie Belle Lee. Nominated for six Oscars in 1938, the film walked away with only one, for McCarey. Mark Pittillo

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2008
UPC:
0043396281110
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Time:
4:45:00

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Actor,Jerry Warriner,Walter Burns
Broderick Crawford Harry Brock
Irene Dunne Lucy Warriner
Judy Holliday Billie Dawn
Rosalind Russell Hildy Johnson
Ralph Bellamy Bruce Baldwin,Daniel Leeson
William Holden Paul Verrall
Gene Lockhart Sheriff Hartwell
Howard St. John Jim Devery
Robert Allen Frank Randall
Cecil Cunningham Aunt Patsy
Frank Otto Eddie
Helen Mack Mollie Malloy
Mary Forbes Mrs. Vance
Porter Hall Murphy
Alex D'Arcy Armand Duvalle
Clarence Kolb Mayor
Roscoe Karns McCue

Technical Credits
George Cukor Director
Howard Hawks Director
Leo McCarey Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Awful Truth
1. Start [:59]
2. A Deep Florida Tan [1:26]
3. Yesterday's Mail [2:23]
4. "Armand's Car Broke Down" [4:40]
5. Great Offense Is a Great Defense [2:14]
6. Lucy's Divorce Lawyer [1:02]
7. Chancery Court [5:03]
8. Daniel Lesson, Stranger in Town [2:26]
9. Visiting Day [3:31]
10. Silly About Each Other [2:33]
11. Pardon His Intrusion [2:22]
12. Oklahoma Envy [1:41]
13. "My Dreams Are Gone With the Wind" [2:51]
14. Oklahoma Stomp [2:01]
15. "Home On the Range" [1:21]
16. A Little Business Proposition [1:34]
17. A Silly Story [2:44]
18. Jerry's Swell Reference [3:49]
19. A Poem for Lucy [3:21]
20. Crashing Lucy's Recital [1:55]
21. Daniel's Diploma [3:19]
22. Mr. Smith's Hat Trick [4:13]
23. Armand Hammered [2:14]
24. Barbara Vance, Madcap Heiress [5:19]
25. Crossed Wires [3:52]
26. Miss Lola Warriner [9:06]
27. "What Else Can Happen to Us?" [4:19]
28. An Innocent Night in the Country [8:05]
Disc #2 -- Born Yesterday
1. Start [:52]
2. The Washington Statler [3:28]
3. Jim Devery [2:01]
4. The Interview [7:13]
5. Corporate Officer [2:51]
6. The Hedges [6:14]
7. "Dumb Broad!" [2:27]
8. Harry's Propsition [1:18]
9. Stupid But Happy [5:29]
10. Beating His Brains Out [7:12]
11. Tipping the Paper Boy [4:02]
12. Capitol Building [1:57]
13. Library of Congress [2:00]
14. Explaining His Piece [4:43]
15. A Letter From Father [2:58]
16. The National Gallery [3:39]
17. Jefferson Memorial [:41]
18. Trouble [4:24]
19. Tom Paine [3:12]
20. Anti-Social [2:02]
21. 306,434 [3:13]
22. Cartel! [1:47]
23. "I Hate My Life" [7:07]
24. Calling Tom Jefferson [1:43]
25. Waiting for Dawn [5:40]
26. Leaving for Good [3:38]
27. Stolen Papers [9:27]
28. "License Please" [:41]
Disc #3 -- His Girl Friday
1. Start [2:34]
2. Lord of the Universe [12:12]
3. Lunch With Walter [9:23]
4. Gentlemen of the Press [3:29]
5. $100,000 Policy [4:46]
6. Earl Williams Interview [3:27]
7. Miss Mollie Malloy [3:19]
8. Sheriff Peter B. Hartwell [1:42]
9. Watch Thief [3:27]
10. Dr. Max J. Egelhoffer [1:02]
11. Jail Break [6:22]
12. Masher [1:18]
13. The Mayor [1:47]
14. The Reprieve [4:09]
15. Earl Drops In [5:34]
16. Mrs. Baldwin [:42]
17. Giving Them a Story [:47]
18. Walter Takes Charge [3:00]
19. Out On Bail [2:41]
20. "Three Taps Is Me" [:54]
21. Roy B. Bensinger, Poet [2:55]
22. What Became of Mother [2:56]
23. The Third Degree [2:49]
24. Accusing the Mastermind [1:04]
25. Apprehending Williams [:47]
26. Under Arrest [1:29]
27. Pettibone Returns [2:18]
28. Noble Walter? [4:44]

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The Awful Truth / Born Yesterday / His Girl Friday 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
UWSDUDE More than 1 year ago
Grant, Holden, Russell, Dunne, Holliday - What more can be said. All performances were top-draw, but of all Judy Holliday's is the most memorable as the intillectually challenged "show girl" from the wrong side of the tracks with a heart of gold. No question as to why she won the Best Actress Oscar for her role done with such genious as well as comedic timing.