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Nothing But the Truth (1929)

 |  Comedy  |  20 April 1929 (USA)
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A young man bets $10,000 that he can tell for 24 hour nothing but the truth.


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Bennett
E.M. Burke
Louis John Bartels ...
Frank Connelly
Ned Sparks ...
Clarence van Dyke
Wynne Gibson ...
Sabel Jackson
Helen Kane ...
Mabel Jackson
Dorothy Hall ...
Gwenn Burke
Madeline Grey ...
Mrs. E.M. Burke
Nancy Ryan ...
Ethel Clark


A young man bets $10,000 that he can tell for 24 hour nothing but the truth.

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20 April 1929 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Do Something
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Bud Green
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shows Richard Dix was a natural for the "talkies"
8 December 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Richard Dix was such a natural actor and this early talkie shows why he would have just as big a career in them as he did in the silents.

It is a breezy comedy with a musical interlude to show off Helen Kane in her first film. Made at Paramount's Long Island Astoria studios, it was released (20th April) before the 1929 stock market crash, so there is a very upbeat air to the film. Richard Dix plays Bob a stockbroker who is very carefree with other people's money. Encouraging clients to buy stocks in companies that are failing is all in a day's work to him.

His co-workers (including the wonderful Ned Sparkes) have had enough of his glibness and the lies he tells his clients. His fiancée comes to him with $10,000 from her charity group to invest - she wants him to double it in 5 days - "you can't go wrong in the stock market" she says. The world would find out by the year's end how wrong that was.

Meanwhile a couple of his friends bet him $10,000 that he cannot tell the truth for 24 hours. he gleefully accepts, thinking how easy it will be.

They go to a nightclub where they are entertained by a sister act - Mabel and Sabel. Helen Kane sings "Do Something" - her sister is played by Wynne Gibson, who had a pretty good career playing hard boiled dames, like the one she plays in this movie.

They are two gold-diggers on the look out for a sugar daddy (Burton Churchill) an old wealthy business man to back their show. The show looks pretty bad (there is a running gag that has Helen Kane launching into her part "I was a poor but honest girl" at the drop of a hat.

Complications ensue when they bring the chorus girls home to Churchill's house. Trying to smooth things over with someone in the group that has promised to tell the truth is very hard. There is a joke at the end that has his friend winding forward the clock so Bob will start fibbing before the time is out and they will not have to pay him the money and Bob keeps winding it back!!!!

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