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Your Past Is Showing (1957)

The Naked Truth (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 18 December 1957 (France)
A very British comedy about a blackmailer and his victims.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lord Mayley
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Sonny Macgregor
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Flora Ransom
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Melissa Right
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Nigel Dennis
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Lady Mayley
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Ethel Ransom
Miles Malleson ...
Rev. Bastable
Kenneth Griffith ...
Porter
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Mactavish (scenes deleted)
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Bill Murphy
Wally Patch ...
Paunchy Old Man
Henry Hewitt ...
Gunsmith
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Police Inspector
David Lodge ...
Policeman
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Storyline

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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18 December 1957 (France)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sonny Macgregor quotes from Henry VI, Part III, Act III Scene ii: "I'll play the orator as well as Nestor, Deceive more slyly than Ulysses could, And, like a Sinon, take another Troy." See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Minister: In reply to the honourable member's question, I can only say... Uhh...
[collapses]
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Ends with "The End . . . OR IS IT?" See more »

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Terry Thomas and Peter Sellers at their absolute Best
13 May 2000 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderfully English tale of Blackmail, Attempted Murder and various other dirty deeds, Terry Thomas, playing the kind of upper-class Scoundrel that he does so well absolutely classic . And the crooked game-show host superbly underplayed by a pre Hollywood Peter Sellers who is definitely at his peak , The scenes with Kenneth Griffith as his camp disapproving dresser are sheer class (this is the first of the five or six films they made together). The scene where Sellers slides effortlessly into the Irish character demonstrates perfectly his genius.

Dennis Price is wonderfully cast as the smarmy blackmailer who bites off more than he can chew when he attempts to expose the main characters dodgey pasts.

The only flaw for me is Peggy Mount, she just doesn't seem comfortable with the character and never really settles in. But this is a small moan about what is a delightfully entertaining film.


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