THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937) B/W 90m dir: Leo McCarey
w/Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy, Alex D'Arcy, Cecil Cunningham, Molly Lamont, Esther Dale, Joyce Compton, Robert Allen, Robert Warwick
Screwball comedy straight up! A divorcing couple (Dunne and Grant) discover that they need each other in spite of it all. Delicious and hilarious.
From The Movie Guide: "This classic comedy began life as a 1922 stage hit and had been filmed twice previously --- in 1925 as a silent with Agnes Ayres and Warner Baxter, and again in 1929 with Henry Daniell and Ina Claire. Director Leo McCarey maintained the basic premise of the play but improved it greatly, adding sophisticated dialogue and encouraging his actors to improvise around anything they thought funny. THE AWFUL TRUTH was in the can in six weeks, and was such a success that Grant and Dunne were teamed again in another splendid comedy, MY FAVORITE WIFE, and in a touching tearjerker, PENNY SERENADE."
The film didn't win any Oscars, but was nominated for Best Picture, Actress (Dunne), Supporting Actor (Bellamy), Director, Screenplay (Vina Delmar), and Editing (Al Clark).