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Re: The Awful Truth (1937)

Perhaps you got up on the wrong side of the bed the day you reviewed this classic film?

The serious theme of this very funny movie is that marriage is forever. And the female star was a devout Catholic who said in old age “I’ve had one husband, one daughter, one house, and no lovers.”

Sorry, nope. I’ve seen it multiple times and stand by my contrarian review. If it’s a fault, it’s an enduring fault, one that I and my readers will have to live with.

Marriage is forever, I’ve got no problem with. But marriage is also supposed to be about trust … and romantic comedies are supposed to be about likable leads. Both are lacking here. The personal virtues of the actress are gratifying but don’t affect my take on the film. Sorry!

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