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:
Max Poulton
Carol Poulton
Gina Bertini
Michael Shillo ...
Inspector Simon
Richard Molinas ...
Peter Dyneley ...
Willy Reichel
John Van Eyssen ...
Philip Vickers ...
Jack Leslie
Jimmy Thompson ...
Hy Hazell ...
American Woman
Carlo Giustini ...
Leading Man (as Carlo Justini)
Agnes Lauchlan ...
Englishwoman (as Agnes Laughlan)
Jacques Cey ...
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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The Whole Truth  »

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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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A wounded cad
15 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Though leading man Stewart Granger has occasionally played the heel in a few films, the greatest screen cad of all George Sanders dominates this film playing a very wounded cad. He's a publisher of religious textbooks married to that most unlikely of mates, the voluptuous movie star Gianna Marie Canale who has used her feminine wiles to get to the top of the film business. Her latest conquest is producer Stewart Granger who is a bit down in the mouth since wife Donna Reed left him.

The Whole Truth has Sanders planning a most methodical revenge against his wife and against Granger whom he sees as the pinnacle of all the men Canale cheated on him with. Sanders gives an academy award winning performance, even better than the Oscar winning one he got for All About Eve with the French police.

Though The Whole Truth is far from All About Eve it's a decent enough thriller with Hollywood's greatest cad dominating the proceedings.

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