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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and underrated masterpiece
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...
Published on 2 Jun 2002

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed reproduction mars classic
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...
Published on 8 Jun 2003


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked and underrated masterpiece, 2 Jun 2002
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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
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L. E. Cantrell (Vancouver, British Columbia Canada) - See all my reviews
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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.

This is one of those films in which the plot is of secondary consideration, for the cast is a mini-Who's Who of mid-century comedic talent and skill. This crowd would have an audience rolling on the floor with laughter with a reading from an airline arrival and departure list: gap-toothed Terry-Thomas, ever-formidable Peggy Mount, indomitably unaware Miles Malleson, so-gorgeous-you-don't-realize-she's-smart Shirley Eaton, incomparable Joan Sims (frazzled here rather than brassy), smooth, charming, despicable Dennis Price and Peter Sellers.

This is Sellers' third major film role. He made his movie debut in 1955 in "The Lady Killers." His second film was "The Smallest Show on Earth" in 1957. All three of these films are ensemble films and in all three, Sellers was teamed with, to say the very least, performers of impressive talent: Alec Guinness in "The Ladykillers," Margaret Rutherford in "The Smallest Show on Earth" and Terry-Thomas in "The Naked Truth." In each of these films, Sellers has a memorable but subordinate part. That would all change in his Wunderjahr, 1959, when he became a one-man picture franchise with back-to-back international triumphs in "The Mouse That Roared" and "I'm All Right Jack." In the former, he played (at least) three starring roles. In the latter, he outshone the brilliant Ian Carmichael.

If memory serves me correctly, I first became aware of Sellers' new star status when the then-mighty Life Magazine devoted a full picture spread to the wonderful new, satirical comedy about labor relations, "I'm All Right Jack." (The magazine even felt obliged to explain to puzzled Americans what the title meant.) The only star that I can recall receiving an equivalent accolade was Jacques Tati in "Mr. Hulot's Holiday."

Time and the publication of tell-all memoirs place this film is a rather different light than the one in which I viewed it in 1957. I certainly see things in "The Naked Truth" (by whatever title) that I entirely missed fifty years ago. Amazon's US editorial reviewer, Adrian Edwards, touched on this, but his gaze was firmly fixed on what he perceived as gay elements in the film: the relationship between Sellers' character and his Welsh dresser (heh-heh), and perhaps an overly butch caricature of Agatha Christie. Well ... maybe.

Of more significance to me is the nature of the character played by Sellers. He's a widely-loved television personality who is massively insecure in his private life. He's a man who hops manically from persona to persona, never taking rest in any one of them, while on the hop, he concocts grandiose and unworkable schemes that only bring him pain. This, it turns out, was a coldly accurate portrait of Peter Sellers, himself, whose agonized cry to the universe was, "I don't know who I am!" Who knew?

This is a funny picture from a brilliant epoch with a superb cast. Of course it deserves five stars.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Flawed reproduction mars classic, 8 Jun 2003
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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
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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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
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Antony May (East Sussex, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars all the best of british, 9 Jan 2014
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Thomas., 27 Dec 2013
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Anyone who loves the humour of Terry Thomas's films will love this film.. I strongly recommend this film. Well done, Terry.
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3.0 out of 5 stars give it a wide berth, 30 Nov 2013
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as a rule like terry Thomas films , but this one I would not want to watch again, found it quite boring .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good British comedy, 12 April 2013
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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 he made a few good movies there) and Terry Thomas, Dennis Price and Peggy Mount are always a pleasure to see. This movie, about the blackmail of several London celebreties, has some very funny moments and is well worth a place on your DVD shelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They couldn't loose (?), 23 Mar 2013
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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 a posh person suggesting perhaps all the dirt may be avoided for a sum of money ..... In this case Dennis Price (who else could do it so well?) as the posh chap TT as one of those victims together with Peggy Mount, Peter Sellers and gorgeous Shirley Eaton . So follows heavy drinking, people being drugged and attempts at drowning them, other tricks to prevent publication and ruination, devious acts of devilment to defy dastardly distribution of ‘filth’. All good stuff.
The title was pinched from an obscure original Italian silent movie, then later (after this film) used for a TV series which failed. This classic British comedy remains very watchable, most enjoyable and really funny.
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