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Half-Naked Truth
     

The Half-Naked Truth

Director: Gregory La Cava,

Cast: Gregory La Cava, Lupe Velez, Lee Tracy, Eugene Pallette

 
A broad lampoon of celebrity worship, The Half-Naked Truth stars Lee Tracy as a carnival huckster and Lupe Velez as a "kootch" dancer. Reaching for the moon, Tracy passes Lupe off as an exotic foreign princess--and manages to pull the wool over the eyes of all Manhattan. Now "famous for being famous," Lupe is employed for special appearances by Ziegfeldish

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A broad lampoon of celebrity worship, The Half-Naked Truth stars Lee Tracy as a carnival huckster and Lupe Velez as a "kootch" dancer. Reaching for the moon, Tracy passes Lupe off as an exotic foreign princess--and manages to pull the wool over the eyes of all Manhattan. Now "famous for being famous," Lupe is employed for special appearances by Ziegfeldish impresario Frank Morgan. When the fraud is revealed to the world, Tracy returns to the carnival, with Lupe (who's loved him since Reel One) at his side. Half-Naked Truth co-stars Eugene Pallette as Tracy's assistant; the bullfrog-voiced Pallette has a wonderful moment in which he discovers that he's been mistaken for "Princess" Lupe's head eunuch!

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those who have never encountered Lee Tracy and/or Lupe Velez are in for a wild ride with The Half-Naked Truth, a rollicking romp of a screwball-tinged comedy that gives each of these unique talents the opportunity to strut their stuff to very good advantage. Velez is perhaps better known to modern audiences, although still not a household name. The "Mexican Spitfire" lives up to her moniker in Half-Naked, tearing into her dialogue and creating a squall without even half trying. But it's not just fire and sparks for their own sake: there's a reason and a plan behind Velez' outsized delivery, and a truth beneath it as well. Tracy{ is even better. Built somewhat like a scarecrow, Tracy is a bundle of energy that is always threatening to come undone; it's an effort for him to keep himself together, and that effort provides tension and, surprisingly, an ability to underplay and let things slide off his back when he wants. Director Gregory La Cava wisely stays out of the way of his stars during the first half of the film, but the screenplay demands he rein them in a bit for the latter half, and Half-Naked loses a bit of its fun during this section -- but not enough to make a real difference. Eugene Pallette is a hoot and Frank Morgan a delight in important supporting roles.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
UPC:
0883316894569
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
67,366

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lupe Velez Teresita
Lee Tracy Jimmy Bates
Eugene Pallette Achilles
Frank Morgan Merle Farrell
Bob McKenzie Col. Munday
Shirley Chambers Gladys
Charles Dow Clark Sheriff
James Donlan Carnival Press Agent
Thomas E. Jackson Marshall
Si Jenks Townsman
Franklin Pangborn Wolverton, Hotel Manager
Mary Mason Farrell's Secretary

Technical Credits
Gregory La Cava Director,Screenwriter
Pandro S. Berman Associate Producer
Corey Ford Screenwriter
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Charles L. Kimball Editor
C.K. Kimball Editor
Ben Markson Original Story
Bartlett McCormack Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Executive Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
H.N. Swanson Original Story

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