Happy Day-2-of-Carole-Lombard-Week! Tonight (as was hinted to in the title) we're talking about Carole on the radio:
"The Awful Truth"
Unfounded suspicions lead a married couple to begin divorce proceedings, whereupon they start undermining each other's attempts to find new romance. [IMDb]
Released: October 21, 1937
Starring: Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Ralph Bellamy
Recorded: March 17, 1940
Starring: Robert Young, Carole Lombard, Ralph Bellamy
Film Cast or Radio Cast? Radio cast all the way!! Look at the leading men, we have Cary Grant or Robert Young. I have a sneaking suspicion that most of the classic-hollywood-loving universe would choose Grant in a heart beat, but not me. Cary Grant just, well, I just don't like him - way overrated, that's what he is.** Then we look at Robert Young. I love Bob Young! He's been around since the VERY beginning of my classic Hollywood obsession (a whole year ago), so he's got a special place in my heart. I'm not so definitely opinionated when it comes to the female leads, but Carole definitely wins. Irene is pretty, but I just ADORE Carole.
This is one case where I actually like the movie version better than the radio. "The Awful Truth" is one of those movies that you have to see to believe. There are just certain scenes that aren't funny without the visual because you need to see their facial expressions. Plus, because the radio version is shorter they had to cut scenes, and they cut one of my very favorites. It's fun to listen to, anyway.
You can listen to "The Awful Truth" at Doctor Macro.