This screwball comedy stars Cary Grant (master of the screwball genre) and Irene Dunne, in the first of three films in which they starred together. They play Jerry and Lucy Warriner, a couple who each suspect the other of being unfaithful, and so decide to get divorced. However when they both become involved with other people, they each try to interfere with the other’s new relationship.
The film has some similarities to My Favourite Wife (1940) which also starred Grant and Dunne, but I preferred this one of the two movies. Grant is his usual face pulling, funny self, in a role which he was perfect for. Dunne however matched him scene for scene – she was wonderful and very endearing as Lucy. There was also an extremely cute dog called Mr Smith, of whom both Lucy and Jerry want custody, and it was Mr Smith who played a large part in one of the funniest scenes in the film! In fact, I did laugh out loud on several occasions – look out for the scene where Jerry is on a date with a singer and meets Lucy and her new boyfriend!
It’s a screwball romantic comedy, so the ending is pretty predictable, but the journey there is so much fun. A must for any fan of either of the stars, or of the screwball genre.
Year of release: 1938
Director: Leo McCarey
Producers: LeoMcCarey, Everett Riskin
Writers: Arthur Richman (based on a play by), Vina Delmar, Sidney Buchman
Main cast: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy, Alexander D’Arcy, Cecil Cunningham, Molly Lamont, Esther Dale