The Naked Truth

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

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A prescient satire of tabloid journalists and celebrity culture, The Naked Truth, is a well-acted British comedy that doesn't quite succeed in melding its black and broad comedy. The film centers around the exploits of four celebrities -- politician Lord Mayley (Terry-Thomas), model Melissa Right (Shirley Eaton), author Flora Ransom (Peggy Mount), and television personality Sonny MacGregor (Peter Sellers) -- trying to assassinate rag reporter Nigel Dennis (Dennis Price) who demands payment from the rich and famous to suppress his damning stories. When the film was released, in 1958, Peter Sellers' radio program The Goon Show was at the height of its popularity. He was known as a master of many voices, so it's not surprising that he was hired to play plays ace mimic Gregory. However, at this point in his career his vocal impersonations are far more skilled than his acting ability. Far more successful are Terry-Thomas as the flighty, tightly wound Mayley and Mount as the pompous self-centered grand dame Ransom. The main comic set pieces center on the group's elaborate attempts to have Dennis killed, but director Mario Zampi's blocking of the action is too stiff and stuffy, suffocating the comedians' and narrative's giddiness. Too many scenes fall flat. Don't be confused by the MGM DVD, which uses the original U.S.-release opening credits, when the film was titled Your Past Is Showing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2005
  • UPC: 883904128960
  • Original Release: 1957
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Sellers Sonny MacGregor
Peggy Mount Flora Ransom
Shirley Eaton Melissa Right
Dennis Price Nigel Dennis
Terry-Thomas Lord Mayley
Georgina Cookson Lady Mayley
Joan Sims Ethel Ransom
Miles Malleson Rev. Bestable
Kenneth Griffith Porter
Moultrie Kelsall Mactavish
Wally Patch Paunchy old man
Henry Hewitt Gunsmith
George Benson Photographer
Wilfred Lawson Sgt. Rumbold
Jerold Wells
John Stuart Inspector
David Lodge Policeman
Victor Rietti Doctor
John Vernon
Bill Edwards Bill Murphy
Marianne Stone
Stanley Black Conductor
Technical Credits
Mario Zampi Director, Producer
Stanley Black Score Composer
Ivan King Art Director
Bill Lewthwaite Editor
Stanley Pavey Cinematographer
Michael Pertwee Screenwriter
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