Harvey Hunnicutt is the stereotypical used car salesman: a fast talker who, to put it politely, is prone to stretching the truth about the cars he sells. He buys a used car from an old gentleman paying him far less that it's worth. After the deal, the old man tells him the car is haunted. Soon, Harvey finds that he can only tell the truth. Not only to customers but even to his wife as well. When he tries to sell the man's car he finds the perfect customer. Written by
The title refers to the oath given a witness before a trial or deposition that he will tell the "truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth". See more »
Hunnicut puts a cigar on the bar rail when going to talk to a pair, but during the opening narration in the same spot, it's missing. See more »
This, as the banner already has proclaimed, is Mr. Harvey Hunnicut, an expert on commerce and con jobs, a brash, bright, and larceny-loaded wheeler and dealer who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, must have gone for a beer and missed out. And these are a couple of other characters in our story: a little old man and a Model A car - but not just any old man and not just any Model A. There's something very special about the both of them. As a matter of fact, in just a...
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Very light comedy about a used car salesman, Harvey Hunnicutt (Jack Carson) who buys a haunted car that makes the owner tell the truth. None of the trademark TZ inventiveness here, although the idea is played out nicely enough. The fact that Hunnicutt literally cant lie gets him in trouble with his wife, his employee, and loses him custom. There's a strange little role for Artie Johnson, despairing at his newly-honest boss having him write accurate signs for the cars on sale. A famous man from the era turns out to be a character in the narrative and the young may have to look up history to see who he was. As to who Jack Carson was, I thought he was great as the cop in the crazy old comedy movie 'Arsenic and Old Lace'. He's also remembered for being in 'Mildred Pierce' and many more films.
So on the whole this is a Zone too light to be enjoyed any other way than as light relief after a creepy episode. However, there is- well..a certain truth about it all.
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