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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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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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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...
[collapses]
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Top-drawer early Sellers
26 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's not a false move in this charming British comedy featuring Peter Sellers in multiple disguises, and Terry-Thomas in top form.

The script concerns a muckraker who's blackmailing several citizens by threatening to expose their dirty secrets in a new tabloid (which he assembles in a tacky houseboat on the Thames). Some of his victims decide to fight back, with humorous results, ending with a wacky scheme that ends with multiple twists.

The casting is perfect, including Peggy Mount, Kenneth Griffith, and a very young Joan Sims. And Michael Pertwee's script is ingenious and full of good lines. THE NAKED TRUTH (a/k/a YOUR PAST IS SHOWING) is a great example of the kind of film comedies that British studios were capable of turning out (seemingly effortlessly) in the 40s and 50s.

I'm a big Sellers fan and couldn't believe I'd never heard of this film (made shortly after SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH). Track this one down and enjoy a fun evening with some real characters.


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