This blogathon is hosted by the always fun loving Movies Silently, in order to “Cheer Up” the year! Ice Cream has always been considered a treat, and what better than to pair along ice cream with classic films!
My entry for a film that cheers me up is The Awful Truth (1937) starring my favorite , Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. This was the first of three pictures the pair made together.
What is it about The Awful Truth that makes me “cheer up” ? Well lots of things!
For starters CARY GRANT. YOUNG, HANDSOME and COMEDIC CARY GRANT. There are many scenes where he just makes me crack up. First, we have the scene of him at the piano with “Mr Smith” (or is it Asta??)- playing to annoy Irene Dunne while she’s trying to talk with her new suitor (Ralph Bellamy).
Then there’s the dancing scene- you know where he makes Irene dance (well attempt to ..) with Bellamy’s character- then pays the band leader to play the same number again. And of course we have the “Chair” scene in which he falls back and embarrasses himself at Irene’s concert recital! It gets me every time
Finally there is the chemistry of Grant and Dunne- it’s just magical and it certainly makes me smile- they are too cute together. Irene is just marvelous at matching Cary Grant insult for insult- and even manages to one up him at certain parts (the ‘sister’ Lola scene)!
Overall, I play this film whenever I need a smile- and I know I can count on Cary Grant and Irene Dunne to deliver it! My Favorite Wife (1940) is also a great one- but The Awful Truth is just the best!