Slapstick screening: The Awful Truth (1937), dir. Leo McCarey
Thursday 21 January 2016, 5.50pm, Watershed.

We’ve partnered with Slapstick Festival for a screening of the classic Screwball comedy, The Awful Truth (1937).

Bristol’s legendary Cary Grant teams with Screwball comedy’s most underrated actress, Irene Dunne, in the film that broke him as a romantic lead. Coined as the “slapstick prince charming” by critic Pauline Kael, for his marriage of elegance and physical comedy, Grant stars in the definitive, Oscar-winning comedy of the 1930s. Leo McCarey, a veteran of Slapstick comedy (Sherlock Junior, Duck Soup), directs this vaudeville team.

The plot concerns the machinations of about-to-be-divorced couple, Lucy (Dunne) and Jerry Warriner (Grant), battling for custody of their fox terrier, Mr Smith (Skippy) and doing their very best to ruin each other’s new romantic engagements.

The Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend Festival have partnered with Slapstick Festival to bring you this Screwball classic, introduced by stand-up comedian Lucy Porter.