The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Whole Truth 

A used car salesman buys a car that dooms him to tell only the truth!



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harvey Hunnicut
Loring Smith ...
Honest Luther Grimbley
Young Man
The Premier's Translator
Lee Sabinson ...
Nan Peterson ...
Young Woman


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 garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 January 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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John F. Kennedy, who is referenced in the story, was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States on January 20, 1961, the day that this episode first aired. 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 »


[opening narration]
Narrator: 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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Yet another sub-par videotaped episode
1 October 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

CBS ordered that a few episodes of "The Twilight Zone" be videotaped instead of filmed. Apparently, it was a cost-savings decision, but it also made for editing the episodes very difficult and also made the six shows they did this to look pretty shabby--as the videotaping process was still pretty crude in the early 1960s. While not all six turned out to be bad episodes, several of them were very bad and none of them could be considered classics.

This episodes is a lot like the concept for the movie LIAR, LIAR. A sleazy used car salesman (Jack Carson) buys a car that has magical properties--it makes whoever owns it tell the truth and nothing but the truth. This is a serious problem for any used car salesman--particularly one as rotten as this one! While it's all mildly humorous and watchable, there really is nothing more to the episode--no real twist no suspense--just one concept that didn't allow for much in the way of "Twilight Zone" irony or suspense. A disappointment.

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