The Naked Truth (1957)





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Released in the U.S. as Your Past Is Showing, the British The Naked Truth is a wickedly funny satire of the tabloid-press industry. Dennis Price plays a scandal-sheet publisher named Nigel Dennis who lives high on the hog by blackmailing his wealthy targets. Several of Dennis' victims, including peer Lord Mayley (Terry-Thomas) and model Melissa Right (Shirley Eaton), plot to kill the extortion-grabbing publisher, to no avail. During a wild ride in a malfunctioning blimp, Dennis manages to accomplish by accident what his enemies have tried to do to him on purpose. Though second-billed, the real star of The Naked Truth is Peter Sellers as a smarmily "sincere" TV personality. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Classics , Comedy
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Peter Sellers
as Sonny MacGregor
Peggy Mount
as Flora Ransom
Shirley Eaton
as Melissa Right
Dennis Price
as Nigel Dennis
Georgina Cookson
as Lady Mayley
Joan Sims
as Ethel Ransom
Miles Malleson
as Rev. Bestable
Moultrie Kelsall
as Mactavish
Wally Patch
as Paunchy old man
Henry Hewitt
as Gunsmith
George Benson
as Photographer
Wilfred Lawson
as Sgt. Rumbold
as Lord Mayley
John Stuart
as Inspector
David Lodge
as Policeman
Victor Rietti
as Doctor
Bill Edwards
as Bill Murphy
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Critic Reviews for The Naked Truth

All Critics (2)'s certainly not difficult to see why the film has been forgotten in the years since its 1957 release.

Full Review… | March 27, 2014
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While the ending gets fairly manic, you'd expect that of what is essentially a screwball British comedy. ...funny stuff.

Full Review… | July 22, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Naked Truth


Nigel Dennis (Dennis Price) is the publisher of a scandal sheet called The Naked Truth. He has the dirt on some of Britain's most prominent figures, and if they can't pay him 10,000 pounds each in two weeks, their stories hit the presses in four. Four of the people being blackmailed are: Melissa Right (Shirley Eaton), a beautiful model whose only crime seems to be a fiance who jumps too quickly to conclusions; Flora Ransom (Peggy Mount), a mystery writer who seems to have been a bit wild in her past; Sonny MacGregor (Peter Sellers), a popular television star who's had his hand in some shady land dealings (and I'll be darned if they weren't trying to imply a homosexual relationship); and Lord Henry Mayley (Terry-Thomas), a shady insurance solicitor. The four try individually to kill Nigel, then they team up to comedic results. This is one of those dark British comedies that they used to make a lot of in the fifties, but for some reason got pushed aside in favor of bad sex comedies. Everybody does a nicely menacing job, and all the actors stand out. The interplay between Flora and her daughter (Joan Sims) is especially nice, as are the many characters Sonny must take on throughout the movie. Peter Sellers is always best when playing dress-up. "The Naked Truth" is fun, and it's one of those movies you're glad you stayed up late for on Friday night come Saturday morning.

Sean Frith
Sean Frith

Bunch of famous people being blackmailed, high jinks ensue. Mostly bland, maybe two moments that are amusing but nothing laugh out loud.

Jenna Ipcar
Jenna Ipcar

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