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
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 »
Couldn't happen, you say? Far-fetched? Way-out? Tilt-of-center? Possible. But the next time you buy an automobile, if it happens to look as if it had just gone through the Battle of the Marne, and the seller is ready to throw into the bargain one of his arms, be particularly careful in explaining to the boss about your grandmother's funeral, when you are actually at Chavez Ravine watching the Dodgers. It'll be a fact that you are the proud possessor of an instrument of truth ...
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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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