To be frank, The Awful Truth is awfully unimportant, but it is also one of the more laughable screen comedies of , a fairly good vintage year. Directed by the versatile Leo McCarey, a master of improvisation and slapstick as well as a keen and sympathetic observer of human folly, The Awful Truth is a. The Awful Truth is a American screwball comedy directed by Leo McCarey and starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. Based on the play by Arthur. Director Leo McCarey won an Oscar(r) and star Irene Dunne was nominated ( one of her five Best Actressnominations) for THE AWFUL TRUTH, one of the most . Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Ralph Bellamy. Stars: Irene Dunne, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott. The Awful Truth () is one of the classic, definitive screwball comedies of the thirties from Columbia Pictures, joining company with other classics including.