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The Naked Truth [DVD]

Terry-Thomas , Peter Sellers , Mario Zampi    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price
  • Directors: Mario Zampi
  • Writers: Michael Pertwee
  • Producers: Mario Zampi, Giulio Zampi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006423Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,117 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In 1957's The Naked Truth Terry Thomas plays a dodgy peer of the realm being blackmailed in the company of Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount and Shirley Eaton by a gutter press journalist, Dennis Price ("Don't try to appeal to my better nature, because I haven't one"). One fascinating element in this picture is the portrayal of those relationships that could be only suggested in a period of tighter censorship, such as Peter Sellers' TV personality and Kenneth Griffith as his dresser, whose gay relationship is only faintly etched in here. More overt is the characterisation of a masculine looking authoress, known only by her initials, but sporting Agatha Christie's hairdo. The moments of slapstick are brought off to a tee, as when the larger-than-life Peggy Mount attempts a suicide drop from her window to be saved by an awning on a shop front.

On the DVD: The Naked Truth comes to DVD in 4:3 ratio and with a mono soundtrack. The only extra feature is a trailer. More TT tomfoolery can be found in the three-disc Terry Thomas Collection. --Adrian Edwards

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Nigel Dennis (Dennis Price) is an unscrupulous tabloid publisher who is making himself rich by approaching celebrated personages with scandalous stories and offering not to print them for a certain fee. But some of his targets have had enough of this and are drawing up plans to do away with the rotten fellow. Also starring Terry-Thomas as the aristocratic Lord Mayley, Shirley Eaton as model Melissa Right, and Peter Sellers as TV star Sonny McGregor.

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and underrated masterpiece 2 Jun 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Peter Sellers as Wee Sonny McGregor has to be one of the funniest and most venal characters in British films of the Ealing Period, one of his cleverest performances, switching from slapstick goonery to snide villainy in a display of his complete mastery of the craft of comedy.
In fact The Naked Truth is packed with the greatest British comedy actors playing ensemble farce to perfection. You may remember it and have hazy recollections of "Galloping Alopaecia", "Looking For A MIckey Finn" and a heavily disguised Sellers attempting to buy some explosives in an Irish pub ("Ooh my nose"). The plot is uneven, the premise far fetched - but only as much as the average Fawlty Towers. Honourable mention to Terry-Thomas, so adept at seemingly playing "himself" that his subtle artistry as an actor has long been overlooked. Peggy Mount is completely absorbing, the timing of her double act with Joan Sims a master class in character dynamics. The whole piece underpinned by the clever premise that none of the characters is particularly wholesome but none so wonderfully wicked as the suave and ever resourceful Dennis Price, who blackmails them with the threat of exposing their darkest secrets in his scandal magazine, "The Naked Truth" (a sort of LA Confidential but in a 50s British showbiz setting).
Buy the DVD, it's a classic, and you can replay the last five seconds of the Irish pub scene over and over without wearing out a VHS cassette!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, British ensemble comedy from 1957 25 Aug 2010
Format:DVD
First things first, the original title of this 1957 film seems actually to have been "The Naked Truth," if the standard filmographies for Peter Sellers are to be believed. Fifty years later, as I write this, the title seems a little unfortunate, considering the company this black little comedy currently shares here on Amazon and elsewhere. On the DVD itself, the title card shows not "The Naked Truth," but "Your Past is Showing." I presume that was the American title, for a movie called "The Naked Truth" was unlikely to gain much acceptance or profit in small- or even big-town America during the Eisenhower years. "Your Past is Showing" is hardly scintillating, but it's a better title, being perfectly appropriate to the story and having the advantage of removing the DVD from the present company of its booty-shaking peers.

This is one of that amazing series of relatively low-budget, witty, intelligent, often hilarious, usually black-and-white comedies that various English studios seemed to turn out at a rate of about one every couple of months throughout the 1950s and into the mid-60s. While "The Naked Truth" is hardly great, it's a perfectly respectable and sound representative of the class.

Like many fine British comedies, it has a heart of inky darkness: four individuals, initially strangers to one another, are being blackmailed by a particularly despicable character. Two of them independently hit on the notion of solving their problems by murdering the blackmailer. When their initial individual schemes fail in blackly humorous ways, they resort to the very British practice of forming a committee to carry out the murderous deed (or not, as the case may be) ... again with blackly hilarious results.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed reproduction mars classic 8 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This is a fantastic film and I was looking forward to watching it in DVD quality but I was to be disappointed--twice so far.
This is the second DVD of this film that I have purchased from 'Borders' and this is the second version which has been spoilt. Where there is a dark background in the film with a character in darkness--eg. Terry Thomas as he makes his way across the gangplank of the barge--the foreground information blurs and melts and mars the image. This is not what DVD is about. I have taken one version back and I've just looked at the new one--exactly the same. Anyone else noticed this. Until they fix it don't buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sellers and Thomas have blackmail problems. 5 Jun 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Naked Truth is a funny and wicked satire of the tabloid-press industry and celebrity culture. The story follows four celebrities Sonny MacGregor {Peter Sellers}, Lord Mayley {Terry-Thomas}, Melissa Right {Shirley Eaton} and Flora Ransom {Peggy Mount}. Each of them being blackmailed by unscrupulous magazine reporter Nigel Dennis {Dennis Price}. Who if his demands aren't met will publish damning stories that will kill of the respective careers off the celebrities.

Cue a unified target of the four, one thing in common, to kill the oblivious Dennis. This is wonderfully set up for a number of excellent, and well constructed attempts at assassinating the bounder and cad reporter. But naturally, not all is going to go to plan, with the assassins being their own worst enemy at times. As can be expected with this cast list {Joan Sims also appears} it's acted with no little comic gravitas and the direction from Mario Zampi is smooth and at ease with the material. A tidy enough British comedy, that's even black at times, even if it fails to truly reach the great heights that its cast list suggests it should. 6/10
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'So Many Great Performances' 27 May 2007
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I loved Terry Thomas, almost anything that he was in I found funny. That said, this film stands out from a lot of his others in the respect that not only is Terry superb in his usual role but so many others also give their very best performances here to. The story revoles around a magazine called 'The Naked Truth' that specialises in publishing celebrities/well known peoples darkest secrets. The editor of the magazine makes most of his money however out of blackmailing those that are prepared to pay to prevent him from publishing. The scene where Terry's character is at first revelling in looking at a copy of the magazine before he realises that he is about to be the next to be blackmailed is incrediby funny! Peggy Mount, and Peter Sellers are also exceptionally good in this film and the antics and scenario's they all get involved in together here are sublimely farcical to the point of hysteria! Trust me, if you love old fashioned British Comedy you will love this!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars all the best of british
how can you go wrong with a line up of actors of the status of Terry Thomas,Denis Price, Peter Sellars Etc;give them a good script and
you have a good film
Published 6 months ago by T SPENCER (terry)
5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Thomas.
Anyone who loves the humour of Terry Thomas's films will love this film.. I strongly recommend this film. Well done, Terry.
Published 7 months ago by artdealer
3.0 out of 5 stars give it a wide berth
as a rule like terry Thomas films , but this one I would not want to watch again, found it quite boring .
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Paul Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good British comedy
ts always good to see Brirish actors on top of their form, as tehy are here. Peter Sellars was so good in these old movies that one regrets that he went to Hollywood (even though... Read more
Published 15 months ago by David Pagan
5.0 out of 5 stars They couldn't loose (?)
Imagine a time , not so long ago , when all manner of scandalous revelations were printed in magazines costing 6d about well known people who first had a phone call or visit from... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Roy Vicars
5.0 out of 5 stars the naked truth
very funny film all way though the the film. i would rekmen on this film.

had tears of laughty all the though. must see film if u not see it
Published 17 months ago by Chris Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine and farcical slightly black 50's British comedy.
I was introduced to this film as a Sellers fan and wasn't disappointed. The other leading actors also gave fine performances. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Say No More 67
3.0 out of 5 stars Truth Be Told
On the list of all-time great British comedians Peter Sellers is sure to be up there, but to be honest I'm not the biggest fan. Read more
Published on 2 Mar 2012 by Sam Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is one of the best in British comedy,an ensemble piece and acted with great gutso by the great Joan Sims. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Dave P
5.0 out of 5 stars The Naked Truth
This is one of the best of British comedy films. Dennis Price plays his smooth villain character superbly, Peter Sellers shows his genius playing many disguised parts, Terry Thomas... Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2009 by Emaharg
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