The Naked Truth (1957)
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as Sonny MacGregor
as Flora Ransom
as Melissa Right
as Nigel Dennis
as Lady Mayley
as Ethel Ransom
as Rev. Bestable
as Paunchy old man
as Sgt. Rumbold
as Lord Mayley
as Bill Murphy
Critic Reviews for The Naked Truth
...it's certainly not difficult to see why the film has been forgotten in the years since its 1957 release.
...pretty amusing black comedy and passes an enjoyable ninety-odd minutes.
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.
Bunch of famous people being blackmailed, high jinks ensue. Mostly bland, maybe two moments that are amusing but nothing laugh out loud.
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