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  • Actors: Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price
  • Directors: Mario Zampi, Robert Asher
  • Writers: Christiane Rochefort, Jean Nery, Michael Pertwee, Peter Blackmore, Peter Coke
  • Producers: Earl St. John
  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Run Time: 266 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006423P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Make Mink Mine (1960)
Cert: U > Duration: 96 Mins Approx > Retired major Terry -Thomas, ex-con Billie Whitelaw, eccentric dowager Athene Seyler and disgruntled teacher of etiquette Hattie Jacques are among the peculiar residents of a boarding house who turn into modern day Robin Hoods, stealing fur for charity

Too Many Crooks (1958)
Cert: U > Duration: 82 Mins Approx > A gang of incompetent crooks (George Cole, Sid James, Bernard Bresslaw) unsuccessfully attempt to rob Terry Thomas's tight-fisted millionaire but then decide to kidnap his daughter instead. A likeable farce with a marvellous cast of familiar British faces including John Le Mesurier and Terry Scott

The Naked Truth (1957)
Cert: U > Duration: 88 Mins Approx > A fast-paced black comedy, which was an early, hit for Peter Sellers. He joins Terry Thomas, Shirley Eaton, Joan Sims and Peggy Mount as a group of celebrities and VIPs who are being blackmailed by the sleazy editor (Dennis Price) of a scandal rag called "The Naked Truth". Terry-Thomas is delightful as the shifty Lord of the Realm. All three titles have been digitally re-mastered and collectably packaged - a must for comedy fans.

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The three films in this Terry Thomas Collection--The Naked Truth, Too Many Crooks and Make Mine Mink--are each an unalloyed delight from beginning to end. Though produced on slim budgets they possess witty scripts by Michael Pertwee, deft direction in two instances by Mario Zampi, inventive music scores and marvellous casts featuring two generations of British actors, from Athene Seyler to a young Kenneth Williams. Individually and as an ensemble these players are a pleasure to watch. But of course Terry Thomas, the catalyst of the collection, runs the gamut with a plethora of facial expressions, body language and verbal repartee that contribute so much to the unbuttoned joy of each film.

In the earliest of them, The Naked Truth (1957), TT 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"). 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.

Too Many Crooks (1959) has TT being blackmailed once again, this time for the hoards he's stashed away as a renowned tax dodger. Look out for the very funny court scene, where TT makes three appearances on separate charges, before a bemused magistrate, John Le Mesurier.

Make Mine Mink (1960), the odd one out in this collection, was adapted from a West End stage farce, Breath of Spring. TT leads a gang of middle-aged biddies who decide to brighten up "the dullness of the tea time of life", by staging a series of robberies on furriers, then donating the proceeds to charitable concerns. The splendid cast includes Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams.

On the DVD: The Terry Thomas Collection comes in an attractive box containing the three discs. All are 4:3 ratio and with mono sound. The only extras are a trailer for each film which, in the instance of Make Mine Mink, is introduced by Terry Thomas himself, who presents us to his gang of fur thieves as the voice on the soundtrack announces him as "fur, fur funnier than you've seen him before". --Adrian Edwards

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec. 2004
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What a great collection! I have always enjoyed Terry Thomas's performances in the movies that were available for viewing in the former Soviet Union and the United States. These movies included 'La Grande Vadruille' and 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines'. I could never even imagine that Terry-Thomas could be part of such wonderful movies as 'The Naked Truth', 'Too Many Crooks' and 'Make Mine Mink'. These are great classic British comedies that I never knew existed. Unfortunately, these movies are not available in the United States in either VHS, or DVD format and are never shown on TV. This collection was a real eye-opener for me. I higly recommend this set to all fans on the classical British comedies.
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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2003
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I chose this box set on the strength of the plot summaries, reviews and the all star comedy line ups - ie Hatty Jakes, Peter Sellers, John Le Mesurier... If you prefer U certificate humour, enjoying the likes of the Ealing Comedies, Dad's Army and Jeeves and Wooster (which is what we enjoy) we think you will thoroughly enjoy this selection. At times the tears of laughter were rolling down my face!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David Lusher TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2007
This is a nice little boxed set of some of Terry-Thomas better films, each featuring wonderful casts:

The Naked Truth (1957) - Blackmailer Dennis Price (a wonderful performance) targets a number of celebrities including Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount and Terry-Thomas (playing a rather dishonest Lord) who all have something to hide - Price threatens to reveal all in a scandal magazine he produces called "The Naked Truth". The celebrities decide to take steps...with hilarious results!

Too Many Crooks (1959) - Terry-Thomas is a wealthy tax dodger who does not believe in banks. He is targeted by an inept gang of crooks (including Sid James, George Cole, and Bernard Bresslaw). Really funny!

Make Mine Mink (1960) - An eccentric group of residents at a boarding house (including Hattie Jacques, Kenneth Williams, Billie Whitelaw, and Terry-Thomas as a retired Major) decide to inject a spot of excitement in their dull, drab lives by embarking on a series of robberies (stealing furs) and then using the proceeds for charity.

I highly recommend this boxed set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Wise on 13 Aug. 2010
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This, for me, is true comedy - where it is all done in total seriousness. While T-T proves what an excellent actor he was, there is a collection of great British comedy actors of the period. Alastair Sim & Peggy Mount in THE NAKED TRUTH, along with T-T etc. makes it one of my all-time favourite films.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EAP of B on 19 Jan. 2015
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Terry Thomas was a good comedy actor, bless him. These three films have a lot of really good old actors in, very well known faces. Good clean fun. Peter Sellers dresses up in Naked Truth in several disguises, he too was a very talented actor. Both much missed. Well worth a look for all TT or PS fans.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 April 2013
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I consider Terry Thomas to be a great actor and this amusing selection of his work is one which I will return to again and again without tiring of it in much the same way as I would re-read a good book.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Marcel on 26 Nov. 2007
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Three very enjoyable comedies, unfortunately let down by very poor mastering. During dimly-lit scenes, the picture dissolves into a blur at the slightest provocation. This is especially annoying during the night scenes of THE NAKED TRUTH where forests melt every time the camera moves, and Dennis Price can sport two faces at once if he turns his head too fast. Very regrettable shoddiness, which mars three otherwise fine comedies.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Prole on 23 Feb. 2012
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An excellent set of DVD's charting the work of this classic well loved actor. Both the picture quality and sound are very good for the age of the original films.
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