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Irene Dunne as Lucy Warriner: 10 Quotes About the Iconic Role

By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:56 PM

Irene Dunne earned a Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for playing Lucy Warriner, one of the five times she was nominated where she didn't win. Yet, this role was an important milestone in her career and marked the first of three times she would star opposite budding comedian Cary Grant, who she helped achieve his first starring success with “The Awful Truth.”

Here are 10 quotes about Irene Dunne’s turn as the almost-divorced wife Lucy Warriner in “The Awful Truth”:

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1. “Zappy, sophisticated screwball comedy with Grant and Dunne displaying perfect timing as the husband and wife who get divorced and then, after enjoying quick flings with a cabaret artiste and an oil tycoon respectively, decide to get together again.” – Geoff Andrew, Time Out London

2. “Miss Dunne and Mr. Grant, as the couple who get undivorced, and Ralph Bellamy as the rich respectable suitor from Oklahoma have fun with their roles, and the pleasure seems to be shared, on the whole, by the Music Hall audience.” – B.R. Crisler, The New York Times

3. “As silly and over-the-top as its premise might've indicated, 'The Awful Truth' benefits greatly from the stellar work by stars Cary Grant and Irene Dunne -- with Grant delivering an expectedly hilarious and charismatic performance” – David Nusair, Reel Film

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4. “Dunne, in a well-deserved Best Actress nomination, has a way with a quip, as the critic Pauline Kael noted, ‘Dunne smiles brightly before wringing it dry, really dry.’” – Emmanuel Levy, film reviewer

The film is also given the high praise of being “one of the best screwball comedies ever made,” Levy added.

5. “The comic timing between Dunne and Grant is pitch perfect, and the dialogue is witty.” –Dennis Schwartz, film reviewer

6. “It was a hilarious – and largely improvised – comedy with moments of touching truth.” – Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluoid

7. “Grant and Dunne at their most alluring.” – Nick Davis, film reviewer

Davis also calls the film “episodic but sublime screwball comedy.”

8. “Cary Grant and Irene Dunne make a great comic due in this screwball comedy.” – Marty Maples, Movie Habit

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9. “Producer/director Leo McCarey's stylish light comedy is a witty battlefield of marital misadventures, mismatches and snappy dialogue, with physical scenes of slapstick, spontaneous and improvised acting, and hilarious romantic antagonism between its two stars – Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.” – Tim Dirks, AMC Filmsite

For this AMC Filmsite review, Dirks praises their performances and direction by McCarey, noting that the film is “one of the classic, definitive screwball comedies of the thirties from Columbia Pictures, joining company with other classics including Gregory La Cava’s “My Man Godfrey (1936), George Cukor’s “The Philadelphia Story (1940), and Preston Sturges’ “The Lady Eve (1941).”

10. “Interesting, too, is that Irene Dunne, in the comedy lead, was first brought out as a celluloid comedienne by Columbia in ‘Theodora Goes Wild.’ She tops that performance by almost an Alp in ‘Awful Truth.’” – Variety staff

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