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Overlooked and underrated masterpiece
on 2 June 2002
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!