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Nothing But the Truth (1941)

Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's ... See full summary »

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Elliott Nugent

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Ken Englund (screenplay), Don Hartman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Bob Hope ... Steve Bennett
Paulette Goddard ... Gwen Saunders
Edward Arnold ... T.T. Ralston
Leif Erickson ... Tommy Van Dusen
Helen Vinson ... Linda Graham
Willie Best ... Samuel
Glenn Anders ... Dick Donnelly
Grant Mitchell ... Mr. Bishop
Catherine Doucet ... Mrs. Van Dusen
Rose Hobart ... Mrs. Harriet Donnelly
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. Van Dusen
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Ralston
Leon Belasco ... Dr. Zarak
Helene Millard ... Miss Hilda Turner - Secretary
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Potel ... Pedestrian (scenes deleted)
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Stockbroker T.T.Ralston has promised his neice Gwen to double it if she can raise $20,000. for charity. But he connives so those she asks refuse to give her more than the $10,000 she's already raised. Gwen secretly gives T.T.'s new partner Steve Bennett the $10,000 and asks him to double it. Later in a discussion with T.T., business partner Dick and client Van, about truth in business Steve bets the $10,000. that he can tell the truth for 24 hours. Having already accepted an invitation for a weekend on T.T.'s houseboat, Steve is subjected to 24 hours of attempts to get him to lie or divulge the bet, which would lose him (and Gwen) the $10,000. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

24 Horas Sem Mentir See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was not televised until many years later. See more »

Quotes

Van: Do you think you're good-looking?
Steve Bennett: Yes, in a manly sorta way...
Van: You lose the bet!
Steve Bennett: No, I don't lose. That's not a lie. That's an opinion. If I said YOU were good-looking - That'd be a lie.
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The opening title card says: Miami Beach, Florida It's replaced by a second title card that says: Miami Beach, Florida ....Wall Street with cocoanuts. See more »

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Version of Rien que la vérité (1931) See more »

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He agrees to tell the truth, answering all questions, for 24 hours....
29 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While the plot isn't believable, "Nothing But the Truth" is a pleasant little comedy and is worth seeing.

When the story begins, Steve (Bob Hope) is going to a new job working for a stock broker. His coworkers are a bit taken back because unlike his colleagues, he actually has ethics and tries to be honest with his clients' money! They are amazed...but also confident he isn't nearly as honest as he claims to be. So, they make him a bet...tell the truth ALL THE TIME for the next 24 hours. To make sure, the three guys betting against him insist he stays with them all the time so they can verify whether or not he upholds his end of the bargain. However, he's practically broke and bets the money Gwen (Paulette Goddard) gave him to invest! Along for the ride are Edward Arnold, Leif Erickson and Willie Best...who fortunately is NOT a caricature of a black man in this movie (though he often was in previous films).

Overall, while the whole plot idea is silly and tough to believe, the film is lively and fun. You never get side-splitting laughs from any of Hope's films (in my opinion) but it is good and he is as well. Well worth seeing...I almost gave this one an 8.


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