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The Whole Truth (1958)

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A movie executive is framed for the murder of his beautiful promiscuous leading lady by her jealous, estranged husband.

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Max Poulton
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Carol Poulton
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Carliss
Gianna Maria Canale ...
Gina Bertini
Michael Shillo ...
Inspector Simon
Richard Molinas ...
Gilbert
Peter Dyneley ...
Willy Reichel
John Van Eyssen ...
Archer
Philip Vickers ...
Jack Leslie
Jimmy Thompson ...
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Hy Hazell ...
American Woman
Carlo Giustini ...
Leading Man (as Carlo Justini)
Agnes Lauchlan ...
Englishwoman (as Agnes Laughlan)
Jacques Cey ...
Barman
Hugo De Vernier ...
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Movie producer Max Poulton is having an on again, off again affair with Gina Bertini, the temperamental leading lady in his latest movie which is filming in the French Riviera. Gina and Max's current off again status is due to Max vowing to make a go of his marriage to his loving wife, Carol Poulton, with who he has had a sometimes strained relationship. Gina and Max's relationship moves into another realm when she threatens to tell Carol of the the affair. That's why Max is hesitant to divulge the full nature of his relationship to Gina when she is found murdered. He is certain that the murderer is a man named Carliss, who introduced himself to Max earlier as being with Scotland Yard, he assisting the local French authorities in the investigation into Gina's murder, this before Gina was actually murdered. Carliss seemingly is trying to frame Max for the murder. Max understands more when he learns who Carliss is. Despite the authorities being after him, Max does whatever he can both ... Written by Huggo

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After leaving Max and Carol, and trying to make an escape before the police arrive, Carliss jumps in the car in the left-handed driver's seat. The long shot of the car tearing down the hill then shows it to be a European version of the same car with the driver in a right-handed driver's seat. Various subsequent shots - close, long and from inside have Carliss appearing to be driving from the right seat, left seat and in between the two. See more »

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Okay whodunit
26 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Stewart Granger looks for "The Whole Truth" in this 1958 film also starring Donna Reed, George Sanders, and Gianna Maria Canale. The exotic Canale plays the star of producer Granger's film. He once had an affair with her when his wife (Reed) briefly left him. It's over, but she wants to start it up again. At man (Sanders) visits Granger posing as a Scotland Yard detective and informs him that his star is dead. Except she's not - she shows up at a party at Sanders' house. He drives her home, leaves the car, and when he returns to it, she is indeed dead. Granger must then prove that he was framed.

This film is a little disjointed. It has some neat twists and is told with some humor, but somehow, it doesn't hang together. Reed, normally quite good, isn't much of a presence. The rest of the acting is better. Granger is very believable as a producer, and we've seen George Sanders do elegant sinister many times. I actually enjoyed Canale the most. She kind of reminded me of Gina Lollabrigida.


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