The Naked Truth

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"Terrific... Shocking... Scandalous..."
  • NR
  • 1957
  • 1 hr 34 min
  • 6.8  (2,034)

The Naked Truth is a 1957 British comedy film directed by Mario Zampi and starring Terry-Thomas, Peter Sellers, Peggy Mount, and Shirley Eaton. The film follows the misadventures of a struggling tabloid newspaper and the ruthless tactics its reporters use to uncover salacious stories. The movie begins with Nigel Dennis (Dennis Price), the owner and editor of the Daily Crucible, a failing tabloid newspaper, on the brink of bankruptcy. In an effort to save the paper, he enlists the help of his top reporters: a sleazy, womanizing freelance journalist named Sidney Tait (Terry-Thomas), an unethical photographer named Len T-Bear (Peter Sellers), and a tough, no-nonsense secretary named Miss Taylor (Peggy Mount).

Their mission is to find a hot scoop, something that will entice readers to buy the paper and save it from collapsing. After several failed attempts, they finally stumble upon a juicy story about a wealthy socialite named Flora Ransom (Shirley Eaton), who is having an affair with a married man. Not ones to shy away from a scandal, the team sets out to expose her infidelity and sell as many newspapers as they can.

As they delve deeper into the story, they realize that they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Flora Ransom is not only wealthy and powerful but also has a conniving lawyer who will do anything to protect her reputation. The team soon finds themselves embroiled in a web of lies and deceit, facing off against Flora and her legal team in a high-stakes battle.

Despite the odds stacked against them, the team refuses to back down, employing every dirty trick in the book to uncover the truth. Along the way, they face numerous obstacles, including death threats, blackmail, and a vengeful jilted ex-lover. But with their backs against the wall, they push forward, determined to uncover the Naked Truth.

The Naked Truth is a witty and engaging film that offers a humorous and exaggerated take on the world of tabloid journalism. The performances by the main cast are outstanding, with Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers stealing the show with their comedic chemistry. Peggy Mount is also excellent in her role as Miss Taylor, providing a strong female presence in a mostly male-dominated environment.

At its core, the film is a satire of the unethical tactics used by tabloid journalists to make headlines and sell newspapers. The movie explores the idea that in the world of journalism, the Naked Truth isn't always what it seems. In the quest for salacious stories, journalists often resort to underhanded tactics, manipulating and twisting information to create sensational headlines. The film is a commentary on the morality of this type of journalism and the corrupting influence it can have on the media.

Overall, The Naked Truth is a charming and entertaining film that offers a time capsule into the world of tabloid journalism in the mid-20th century. With its witty script, sharp performances, and biting commentary on the media, it remains a classic example of British comedy filmmaking.

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    6.8  (2,034)