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->''''''Dan' Leeson:''''' ''Are you sure you don't like that fella?''
->'''''Lucy Warriner:''''' ''Like him? You saw the way I treated him, didn't you?''
->''''''Dan' Leeson:''''' ''That's what I mean. Back on my ranch, I got a little red rooster and a little brown hen and they fight all the time too, but every once in a while they make up again and they're right friendly.''

Released in 1937, this is the third film version of a play by Arthur Richman. It stars Irene Dunne and Creator/CaryGrant as Lucy and Jerry Warriner, a divorcing couple who go to great lengths to interfere in each others' love lives. Nominated for six [[AcademyAward Oscars]], only one of which it won (Best Director for Leo [=McCarey=]). Placed in the NationalFilmRegistry.

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!! This film provides examples of:
* BelligerentSexualTension: Between Lucy and Jerry for 95% of the film.
* ComedyOfRemarriage: Except that the couple is only ''almost'' divorced.
* DisposableFiance: Two of them.
** Ralph Bellamy had a nice career in the '30s and '40s playing handsome, polite men who never got the girl. This time, he's Dan Leeson, an Oklahoma oil baron who grows fond of Lucy.
** Then after Bellamy exits, Molly Lamont plays Barbara Vance, Jerry's rather shrewish fiancee.
* DrivingADesk: Some unconvincing shots of the Warriners being driven down a country road and then getting lifts from two cops on motorcycles.
* FormallyNamedPet: Mr. Smith, the Warriner's dog, who is the catalyst for getting them back together (they are disputing custody).
* FrenchJerk: Lucy's music teacher, whom Jerry finds very irritating. Jerry believes that Lucy is having an affair with him.
* GreenEyedMonster: Everyone seems to fall victim at some point.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Lucy's lawyer tells her that "marriage is a wonderful thing" while yelling at his wife to shut up and stop nagging him about dinner.
* LoveEpiphany: Lucy has one.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion: Mr. Smith
* MaliciousSlander: From Mama Leeson, who spreads rumors that Lucy was sleeping around on Jerry in order to discourage Dan.
* MarilynManeuver: The basis of a nightclub act (much to Jerry's embarrassment, as he was on a date with the nightclub singer in question).
* MyBelovedSmother: Dan's mother takes an entirely too active interest in his love life, actively discouraging his relationship with Lucy. In the end, he decides his mom was right.
* MyGirlIsNotASlut: Dan's reaction to the rumors (see MaliciousSlander above).
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Over and over again.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Ralph Bellamy's country accent comes and goes.
* PlayingDrunk: Lucy, in order to embarrass Jerry at the Vance house.
* PrettyInMink: Lucy wears a few furs like a white fox coat, and a Persian lamb coat and muff (which she hides a dog toy just to mess with Jerry).
* SexyDiscretionShot: The film's final fade-out.
* VehicularSabotage: Lucy engages in some, sending her own car into a ditch in order to force Jerry to spend the night in the cabin with her.
* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: The divorce decree becomes final at midnight.
* WhereWereYouLastNight: Jerry expects to find Lucy home when he returns. She's not. It all goes downhill from there.
* YourCheatingHeart: Probably. Given the way censorship worked in TheThirties, they can't come out and say Jerry cheated on Lucy. It's heavily implied, though, when Jerry lies about being in Florida and no explanation is given as to where he really is. Similarly, Lucy insists that she didn't sleep with the music teacher, but said teacher's comments kind of sound like they did, and the scene where they discuss it is vague.