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The Awful Truth(1937)

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"Mr. Smith," the dog, is played by "Skippy," who also starred as Asta in M-G-M's The Thin Man series. Leo McCarey won an Academy Award for direction and the film also received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Actress (Dunne), Supporting Actor (Bellamy), and Screenplay. Film Daily named the film one of 1937's best. Motion Picture Herald credits Marguerite Churchill with the role of "Barbara Vance," but Molly Lamont is listed onscreen. According to modern sources, much of the film was improvised by McCarey and the actors. Modern sources list Alan Bridge as a "Motor cop." Arthur Richman's play was also the basis for a silent film in 1925, directed by Paul Powell and starring Agnes Ayers and Warner Baxter. It was filmed again in 1929 as a talkie, directed by Marshall Neilan and starring Ina Claire, who also headed the Broadway cast (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1929-30; F2.2010 and F2.2011). In 1953 it was remade by Columbia under the title Let's Do It Again, directed by Alexander Hall and starring Jane Wyman and Ray Milland.