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Your Past Is Showing (1957)
"The Naked Truth" (original title)

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A very British comedy about a blackmailer and his victims.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lord Henry Mayley
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Sonny MacGregor
Peggy Mount ...
Flora Ransom
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Melissa Right
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Nigel Dennis
Georgina Cookson ...
Lady Lucy Mayley
Joan Sims ...
Ethel Ransom
Miles Malleson ...
Rev. Cedric Bastable
Kenneth Griffith ...
Porter
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Mactavish
Bill Edwards ...
Bill Murphy
Wally Patch ...
Fred - paunchy old man
Henry Hewitt ...
Gunsmith
John Stuart ...
Police Inspector
David Lodge ...
Constable Johnson
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Nigel Dennis publishes a scandal magazine. But for each story he writes, he first approaches the person whose scandalous behavior is described (or rather implied, to avoid any libel suit) and says he will suppress the story in return for money. Several of his victims first decide individually to kill him instead of paying, but fail in amusing ways. Then they find that to protect their various secrets they must now join forces for a rather different purpose... Written by Anonymous

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The gayest, maddest mob of murderers this side of Lavender Hill! See more »

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18 December 1957 (France)  »

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Your Past Is Showing  »

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Terry Thomas,s character blinks twice as Joan Sims backs into him in spite of him being unconscious. See more »

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[first lines]
Minister: In reply to the honourable member's question, I can only say... Uhh...
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The Problems of Dealing with Blackmail
5 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film solidified Peter Sellers' stardom as a comic actor of the first rank. He had appeared in other films prior to it, but THE LADYKILLERS was the only one prior to this that showed him to any advantage, as an inept "teddy boy" type.

Here he is "Wee Sonny MacGregor" a popular young entertainer on television, whose variety show has mostly elderly viewers who think of Sonny as the son or grandson they always dreamed about. Unfortunately for Sonny, one Nigel Dennis (Dennis Price) publishes "THE NAKED TRUTH", a tell all scandal sheet like "Confidential" or (despite their disclaimers) "The Enquirer". Mr Dennis has a nice, somewhat legal, offer. If you will help defray the expenses of his magazine, he will refrain from publishing details of what you don't want known. In his best, intelligent scoundrel style, Price reveals to dear "Wee Sonny" that he knows about the large amounts of rent money "Wee Sonny" has been making with some rotting tenements in London. The audience for "Wee Sonny" would not feel very comfortable with his image knowing about this.

Price has similar pieces of information regarding Peggy Blount, playing an "Agatha Christie" novelist - apparently one of her plots may not have been so original. Also Terry-Thomas, as Lord Mayley, is not as respectable as he lets on - he seems to have had several affairs his wife does not know of (although Georgina Cookson - Lady Mayley - has her occasional suspicions). Soon all three are considering the last resort for dealing with blackmail - doing in the blackmailer. Their problems are more than dealing with a brainy adversary. Blount tries to commit a murder (after all she's an expert in killing as a creative writer), only to come a cropper (all I'll say is Price ups his demands for payment as a result). Terry-Thomas seems to keep stumbling into the schemes of Blount and Sellers, to his own discomfort.

Best is Sellers though - he is certain he can commit the perfect murder because he is a "master of disguise". His assistant Kenneth Griffith keeps warning him that he has a tendency to overact, but "Wee Sonny" dismisses this. He tries to spy out Price playing an elderly dock expert, and only annoys the latter and makes Terry-Thomas suspicious. He flusters a gun shop owner by appearing as an Edwardian style country squire ordering enough ammunition for a regiment, not for a hunt. My favorite moment is when he tries to impress possible IRA members by speaking to them (as a fellow member) in perfect Welsh.

How they finally get rid of Price and his demands is as funny as one can expect, given the rest of the film. It is a comedy that will pay handsome dividends of laughter.


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