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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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 ...
Assistant
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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September 1958 (USA)  »

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Besuch um Mitternacht  »

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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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Great little late 50s thriller
5 July 2008 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"The Whole Truth" breaks a number of murder mystery conventions, making it pleasantly unpredictable. It's almost Hitchcockian (in the lighthearted vein of "Rear Window"), with a good measure of humor, suspense, and romance.

While the film may lack megastars, its cast's performances are faultless. George Sanders is at his oily best in the film as Mr. Carliss, while Stewart Granger is a worthy leading man. Its brisk pace is complimented by a fantastic, upbeat jazz score, more typical of '60s spy films. Its aesthetic sense --cinematography, set direction-- isn't particularly fabulous, and it fails to capture the beauty of its French Riviera setting, but that fortunately doesn't detract from the delightfully suspenseful story.

Ultimately it's a fun bit of suspenseful entertainment --not iconic but definitely worth watching.


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