When America Still Knew How
to Have Fun
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant
In The Awful Truth
This favorite scene comes towards the end. Lucy and Jerry Warriner (Irene Dunne and Cary Grant) have been in the midst of getting a divorce. At this point it is almost settled. Due in fact to be made final at midnight.
Poor Jerry, who really never knew his own mind, is engaged to a snooty heiress from a rich, impossibly stuffy family, and is anxiously waiting for the divorce to come through. He arrives at his fiance's house to enjoy a sedate cocktail hour with her family.
Meanwhile, Lucy Warriner, still madly in love with her husband, hatches a brilliant scheme, and makes a last ditch effort to save her marriage. Pretending to be Jerry's sister "Lola" she crashes the party, wreaks havoc, and rescues Jerry from the suffocating clutches of Wealth and Power in this memorable comic scene.
This film is said to have been mostly ad-libbed, and both Irene Dunne and Cary Grant were past masters at it. The beautiful, normally ladylike Irene Dunne is killingly funny, and if persistent rumors are true the words to the song are mainly her own and were not merely written out and handed to her.