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Nothing But the Truth (1941)

 -  Comedy  -  10 October 1941 (USA)
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Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's ... See full summary »

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Steve Bennett
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Gwen Saunders
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T.T. Ralston
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Tommy Van Dusen
Helen Vinson ...
Linda Graham
Willie Best ...
Samuel
Glenn Anders ...
Dick Donnelly
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Mr. Bishop
Catherine Doucet ...
Mrs. Van Dusen
Rose Hobart ...
Mrs. Harriet Donnelly
Clarence Kolb ...
Mr. Van Dusen
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Ralston
Leon Belasco ...
Dr. Zarak
Helene Millard ...
Miss Hilda Turner - Secretary
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Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's already raised. Gwen secretly gives T.T.'s new partner Steve Bennett the $10,000 and asks him to double it. Later in a discussion with T.T., business partner Dick and client Van, about truth in business Steve bets the $10,000. that he can tell the truth for 24 hours. Having already accepted an invitation for a weekend on T.T.'s houseboat, Steve is subjected to 24 hours of attempts to get him to lie or divulge the bet, which would lose him (and Gwen) the $10,000. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until many years later. See more »

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Steve Bennett: [checking the clock] In six more hours it'll be Christmas.
Samuel: Christmas? Is Mr. Roosevelt moving those holidays around again?
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To Tell the Truth
14 August 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Bashful businessman Bob Hope (as Steve Bennett) and his slouching servant Willie Best (as Sam) arrive in Miami Beach, Florida, where Mr. Hope begins working as a stockbroker for pudgy Edward Arnold (as T.T. Ralston). Hope quickly encounters the boss' niece, pretty Paulette Goddard (as Gwen), and enjoys being with her in his cozy office. "You don't have to hit me with no ton of coal," Mr. Best says as he leaves Hope alone with Ms. Goddard. "I guess it's too late for that," replies Hope. Ouch...

Story involves Hope betting Goddard's $10,000 he can tell "Nothing But the Truth" for twenty-four hours. The plot is a comedy staple, and has been done better elsewhere. Lucille Ball's version "Lucy Tells the Truth" (1953) is highly recommended. Prepare for some race and cross-dressing humor; after his co-workers steal his clothes, Hope dons a woman's negligee. This was a dip after his last two box office hits, but not enough to dislodge Hope, who reliably rang up cash registers at the movies for over a decade.

**** Nothing But the Truth (10/10/41) Elliott Nugent ~ Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Edward Arnold, Willie Best


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