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TURN-ONS AND TURN-OFFS IN CURRENT HOME ENTERTAIMENT RELEASES : Excellent Good Fair Poor : VIDEOCASSETTES

July 15, 1986|TERRY ATKINSON

"The Awful Truth." RCA/Columbia. $59.95. As in another marital farce three years later ("My Favorite Wife"), Cary Grant and Irene Dunne were matched with a sparkling Leo McCarey script for this 1937 screwball comedy. Dunne was a strange choice for such comedies, her eccentricity seldom as convincing as her sophistication. But here she's fine; the scene where she embarrasses Grant by pretending to be his crude sister is one of many hilarious moments. Two awful truths, however: 1) much of the humor comes out of wealthy arrogance or at the expense of likable people, 2) the tape transfer is too grainy.

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