The Awful Truth (1929 film)

The Awful Truth was a 1929 American Pre-Code romantic comedy film, distributed by Pathé Exchange, directed by Marshall Neilan, and starring Ina Claire and Henry Daniell. The screenplay was written by Horace Jackson and Arthur Richman, based on a play by Richman. Ina Claire starred in the original stage version on Broadway in 1922. The film is now considered lost.[1]

The Awful Truth
Ina Claire and Henry Daniell
Directed byMarshall Neilan
Produced byMaurice Revnes
Written byHorace Jackson
Screenplay byArthur Richman
Based onThe Awful Truth
by Arthur Richman
StarringIna Claire
Henry Daniell
CinematographyDavid Abel
Edited byFrank E. Hull
Distributed byPathé Exchange
Release date
  • August 10, 1929 (1929-08-10)
Running time
68 mins.
CountryUnited States


Other versions

There were two other film versions of the play on which the 1929 film was based: the 1925 silent version The Awful Truth with Agnes Ayres and Warner Baxter; and the 1937 film The Awful Truth starring Irene Dunne and Cary Grant. The play was also remade unsuccessfully in color as the musical Let's Do It Again (1953), starring Jane Wyman and Ray Milland.[2][3]


  1. The Awful Truth details,; accessed April 26, 2016.
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  3. The Awful Truth as produced on Broadway at Henry Miller's Theatre, September 18, 1922 thru January 1923;

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