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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

Writers:

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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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

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: Why if a man set out to tell the truth for a whole day, before nightfall someone'd kill him.
Dick Donnelly: Sure. Why all the diplomats of Europe would have to quit if that were the case.
Steve Bennett: [puzzled] Is that bad?
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Each intro card featuring titles, cast, and crew names show Miami & palm trees with the sun & moon at various positions of the day/night. This reflects the premise of the film that 24 hours of one day is pivotal to the plot. See more »

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Version of Encounter: Nothing But the Truth (1952) See more »

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To tell the truth
15 June 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Steve Bennett, a new recruit on a brokerage firm in Miami, gets an interesting proposal from Gwen Saunders. She has ten thousand dollars that belong to a charity organization and wants Steve to double the money because her uncle, who is the head of the firm will double the amount if it is done properly. At the same time, his new boss and his inner group make Steve a counter proposal if he will not lie once during the weekend.

This funny Paramount comedy of 1941 was a vehicle for Bob Hope, who at the time was at one of the best moments of his career. It helps that he was paired, once again with the gorgeous Paulette Goddard, who had been his screen partner before to excellent results. Both Mr. Hope and Ms. Goddard do fine work as they show a natural talent for this type of comedy. Others in the cast included Edward Arnold, Leif Ericson, Glenn Anders and Grant Mitchell.

"Nothing But the Truth" was directed by Elliott Nugent who paced the comedy at the right speed making one of Mr. Hope's best film appearances.


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