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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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Terrific... Shocking... Scandalous...

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18 December 1957 (France)  »

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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...
[collapses]
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Ends with "The End... OR IS IT?" See more »

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Edited into Heroes of Comedy: Terry-Thomas (1995) See more »

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Good fun
20 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Apparently released both as "The Naked Truth" and "Your Past Is Showing" (the name on the title card and title I remember in the U.S. run), this bustling little comedy about tabloid blackmailer is still jolly good fun going on 50 years later. Credit an amusing script and some fine casting that captures a gaggle of top-flight '50s British comedy talent in top form. Terry-Thomas and a young Peter Sellers (filmed here just before he gained fame with "The Mouse That Roared") are at the pinnacle of their Brit-comedy game and are ably abetted by the redoubtable Peggy Mount, luscious Shirley Eaton (a few years before her turn as the "golden girl" in "Goldfinger"), a caddish Dennis Price (as the oily blackmailer) and assorted classic British comedy stars, a number of whom seem to have had recurring bits in the "Carry On" series. The humor here is not as low and juicy as the "Carry On"s or as high and dry as the classic Ealing Studio Ealing comedies of the period

  • a pleasing mix. By contemporary standards, the film is a little slow
  • especially the set-up through the opening reels - but it all pays off
very nicely with an avalanche of chuckles and a few great belly laughs. Keep a close eye on Sellers: although he plays a single character (a cheesy TV variety show emcee), he dons multiple disguises through the film, warming up for future roles in "Mouse" and "Dr. Strangelove" (where he played three parts in each) and those later "Pink Panther" comedies.


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