Furs in Film – The Awful Truth

I’d like to think I have pretty high editorial standards for singling out an individual film for recognition. Since this is only the second one I’ve done, then perhaps I haven’t done a great deal to establish those high editorial standards yet. Personally, I think a film needs both quality and quantity to really distinguish itself. The previous film, Roberta, is a perfect example. Great furs and a lot of them.

1937’s The Awful Truth only really has one of any note. But… That one may just be the greatest one in film history.

The Film

The term “divorce comedy” probably sums up the plot. Mining the light-hearted comedy inherent in gut wrenching emotions of divorce was a bit more common in 30s. Irene Dunne and Cary Grant star as Jerry and Lucy Warriner. Jerry divorces his wife after she returns home the country with her music teacher, the suspiciously named “Armond.”

What she returns home wearing we’ll get to in a moment.

Naturally, it was all a misunderstanding, but Jerry ends up divorcing Lucy, and hilarity ensues. Not to spoil the ending, but yes, they get back together. Irene Dunne’s luck in love holds steady from Roberta, apparently.

The Fur

“The” is correct; there’s only one that really matters. Not 2 years earlier Irene Dunne sashayed down the steps of a French boutique in a dress fringed by possibly the biggest white fox wrap ever seen. In The Awful Truth, she gets to top it.

Shortly after entering, Lucy greets Jerry with a big hug. Lucky Jerry.

Jerry notices Armand, demonstrating a rather unnatural amount of willpower.

The scene continues, and I’m no longer really paying any further attention to anything but Miss Dunne’s staggeringly enormous white fox coat.

Fortunately the cinematography gives this singular white fox beauty much of the time it deserves. We see Lucy up close, and enjoy the rather large collar.

One more shot in which the coat is framed perfectly.

Sadly, the tone of this light-hearted divorce comedy is shattered to one of shock and terror as… she takes the coat off…

Irene Dunne’s white fox coat in The Awful Truth is, as far as I can currently remember, the greatest fur coat ever seen in film. Sure, I’ve seen a few other mega foxes in print that would hold outshine it in side-by-side comparison, but on film, I can’t think of anything that’s better. Lucky Irene, going from the white fox wrap in Roberta to this.

Let me say, were I to quibble with greatness, I would have added a couple of cuffs that did the collar and coat as whole justice. Perhaps a couple barrel muffs would have been the prefect addition.

Proving (if nothing else) that I can be picky enough to find fault with the greatest fur in film history.

Full Gallery: The Fur in the 1937 Film, The Awful Truth

4 Responses to “Furs in Film – The Awful Truth”

  1. the fur turns me on.


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