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The Half-Naked Truth (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 16 December 1932 (USA)
A barker at a down-at-the-heels carnival becomes a powerhouse New York publicity man as he transforms a sideshow dancer into a Broadway sensation.


Gregory La Cava


Gregory La Cava (screen play), Corey Ford (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lupe Velez ... Teresita
Lee Tracy ... Jimmy Bates
Eugene Pallette ... Achilles
Frank Morgan ... Merle Farrell
Shirley Chambers ... Gladys aka Ella Beebee
Franklin Pangborn ... Mr. Wellburton - Hotel Clerk
Robert McKenzie ... Colonel Munday
Mary Mason ... Miss Mason - Farrell's Secretary


A barker at a down-at-the-heels carnival becomes a powerhouse New York publicity man as he transforms a sideshow dancer into a Broadway sensation. Written by David S. Smith

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The girl who danced in the side-show laughed at the high pressure press agent. but he was a master of bunk and ballyhoo. Before night-fall she was famous! (Print Ad- Plattsburgh Daily Press, ((Plattsburgh, NY)) 29 April 1933) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Composer Max Steiner plays the conductor of the Broadway show. (He also can be seen conducting the studio orchestra in the opening titles of RKO's "Girl Crazy" the same year). See more »


Shirley Chambers' onscreen character name is "Gladys," but she says her name is "Ella Beebee." She is never called Gladys. See more »


Teresita: Listen, what are you up to now?
James 'Jimmy' Bates: You do the acting, I'll do the thinking. Get into that costume, baby!
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Hootchie Kootchie
Danced by Lupe Velez
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Great cast of fast talkers in unpredictable comedy
28 October 2012 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

Lee Tracy and Lupe Velez are outstanding as press agent and circus dancer in this wild comedy of ambitious impostors. Tracy is a supremely fast talker….but Velez is probably right when she exclaims repeatedly that he's "Nothing but a four flusher!"

A fun supporting cast includes Frank Morgan as big shot Broadway producer Merle Farrell, complete with long cigarette holder that he can't quite handle…and the great Eugene Palette as a circus escape artist who tags along with Tracy to the big city as a sort of assistant schemer.

The plot may be somewhat uneven but this picture certainly has its moments. One sensational highlight is Lupe's song-and-dance on Broadway, in which she starts out stumblingly but changes her tune and wins over everyone, including the initially-shocked highbrow producer Morgan.

Eugene Palette's scene staging a publicity stunt in a nudist colony is also hilarious. He shushes a companion complaining about the dress code: "You're lucky it ain't winter."

Energetic performances and some spicy dialog produce plenty of laughs; Tracy and Velez pull off the rapid-fire love-hate bit superbly. If it's a bit inconsistent, this picture is nevertheless full of goofy surprises that keep us watching. Very entertaining.

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Release Date:

16 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Phantom Fame See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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