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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1941 (USA) See more »

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24 Horas Sem Mentir See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Nothing but trouble
2 July 2011 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Bob Hope (Bennett) is given $10,000 by Paulette Goddard (Gwen) and asked to double it in a few days so that she can pay a charity that she has promised the money to. Hope sees his chance to achieve this by accepting a bet from his fellow business partners that he can tell the truth for 24 hours without uttering a single lie. The three doubters - Edward Arnold (T.T.), Leif Erickson (Tommy) and Glenn Anders (Dick) - stick by his side for this period which mostly involves a night on a yacht. Can Bob hold out.....?

This film has some funny moments but it should have had more. The film is entertaining in the scenes where Hope is put on the spot and has to tell the truth, eg, his response to a telephone enquiry about an investment in one of his company's stocks - "It stinks", his confession to robbing a bank with a policeman nearby, and his performance at a dinner party on the yacht where he manages to insult most of the table. However, there aren't enough of these moments and the film slips into farce for some night-time running about between bedrooms, hiding people in rooms and also some slapstick, which ends the film on a slightly uninventive note as we see Hope and Goddard stalling for time by dragging out lots of introductions (not funny) and shoving food in people's faces (tiresome).

Still, it's an entertaining film in which Bob Hope actually isn't annoying like he usually is with his unfunny wisecracks. Someone has given him a script - thank God. Willie Best (Samuel) does the black racial stereotype, although they clearly missed a trick by not calling him "Sambo". The story is slightly daft as all Hope has to do is tell everyone about the bet and prevent a lot of bother. There is also a moment that hadn't been thought through at the end - how about checking your watches, dur-brains? Overall, it doesn't matter as the film does carry the audience along. It just needed more comic dialogue as a result of the plot premise. And it does have a very good moral, ie, don't give to charity.


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