Nothing But the Truth (1941)

89-90 mins | Comedy | 10 October 1941

Director:

Elliott Nugent

Cinematographer:

Charles Lang Jr.

Editor:

Alma Macrorie

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Robert Usher

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a Mar 1941 HR news item, writer Louis S. Kaye wrote comedy sequences for this film. His contribution to the final film, however, has not been confirmed. Actor Edward Arnold was loaned by M-G-M for this film. The central locale for this version was changed from Wall Street, NY to Florida. HR news items also report that some exteriors were filmed on location in Miami Beach, FL. Other films based on the play and the novel are Metro Picture Corp.'s 1920 Nothing but the Truth , directed by David Kirkland and starring Taylor Holmes and Elsie Mackaye and Paramount's 1929 production of the same name, directed by Victor Schertzinger and starring Richard Dix and Berton Churchill (see entries above). In 1939, a Swedish film entitled Rena rama sanningen , based on the play, was produced by Fribergs Filmbyrå. It was directed by Weyler Hildebrand and starred Erik "Bullen" Berglund and Tollie ... More Less

According to a Mar 1941 HR news item, writer Louis S. Kaye wrote comedy sequences for this film. His contribution to the final film, however, has not been confirmed. Actor Edward Arnold was loaned by M-G-M for this film. The central locale for this version was changed from Wall Street, NY to Florida. HR news items also report that some exteriors were filmed on location in Miami Beach, FL. Other films based on the play and the novel are Metro Picture Corp.'s 1920 Nothing but the Truth , directed by David Kirkland and starring Taylor Holmes and Elsie Mackaye and Paramount's 1929 production of the same name, directed by Victor Schertzinger and starring Richard Dix and Berton Churchill (see entries above). In 1939, a Swedish film entitled Rena rama sanningen , based on the play, was produced by Fribergs Filmbyrå. It was directed by Weyler Hildebrand and starred Erik "Bullen" Berglund and Tollie Zellman. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Nov 41
p. 522.
Box Office
2 Aug 1941.
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Daily Variety
29 Jul 1941.
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Film Daily
29 Jul 1941.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Mar 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Apr 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 41
p. 3.
Look
4 Nov 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald
2 Aug 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Aug 41
p. 206.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Sep 41
p. 250.
New York Times
23 Oct 41
p. 27.
New Yorker
25 Oct 1941.
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Variety
30 Jul 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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PRODUCTION COMPANY
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
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Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
COSTUMES
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MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Nothing but the Truth by James Montgomery (New York, 14 Sep 1916) and the novel of the same name by Frederic S. Isham (Indianapolis, 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 October 1941
Production Date:
2 April--late May 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 October 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10772
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-90
Length(in feet):
8,073
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

In Miami, Florida, newly-hired stockbroker Steve Bennett is sweet-talked into trying to double the $10,000 investment of Gwen Saunders, the niece of his boss, T. T. Ralston. Ralston later tries to force Steve to sell worthless stock to one of his best customers, but Steve insists on telling the truth about the stock. Ralston and his partners, Tom Van Dusen, who is wooing Gwen, and Dick Donnelly, who is married to Ralston's daughter, then bet Steve that he cannot tell the truth consistently for twenty-four hours. Steve lays out the $10,000 on the bet, which starts at 4:00 p.m., with the stipulation that no one can reveal the bet and it cannot be called off. The partners stick by Steve's side during the next twenty-four hours, most of which are spent on Ralston's yacht. Steve, forced to be completely honest, insults Ralston's guests, and everyone is offended by his overall behavior. Later in the evening, showgirl Linda Graham, to whom Dick promised that Steve would invest in her show, comes aboard looking for Steve. When Mrs. Ralston and Van's mother overhear Linda repeating lines from her show, they misinterpret the conversation and assume that Linda is Steve's estranged wife. At bedtime, the partners steal Steve's clothes to prevent him from sneaking out, but he steals a dressing gown from Linda, who has been placed in the cabin next to his in hopes they will "reunite." Steve sneaks into Gwen's room at her invitation and, having fallen in love with her, assures her that he is not married. The next day, everyone is mad at Steve: Gwen, because she finds out he was in ... +


In Miami, Florida, newly-hired stockbroker Steve Bennett is sweet-talked into trying to double the $10,000 investment of Gwen Saunders, the niece of his boss, T. T. Ralston. Ralston later tries to force Steve to sell worthless stock to one of his best customers, but Steve insists on telling the truth about the stock. Ralston and his partners, Tom Van Dusen, who is wooing Gwen, and Dick Donnelly, who is married to Ralston's daughter, then bet Steve that he cannot tell the truth consistently for twenty-four hours. Steve lays out the $10,000 on the bet, which starts at 4:00 p.m., with the stipulation that no one can reveal the bet and it cannot be called off. The partners stick by Steve's side during the next twenty-four hours, most of which are spent on Ralston's yacht. Steve, forced to be completely honest, insults Ralston's guests, and everyone is offended by his overall behavior. Later in the evening, showgirl Linda Graham, to whom Dick promised that Steve would invest in her show, comes aboard looking for Steve. When Mrs. Ralston and Van's mother overhear Linda repeating lines from her show, they misinterpret the conversation and assume that Linda is Steve's estranged wife. At bedtime, the partners steal Steve's clothes to prevent him from sneaking out, but he steals a dressing gown from Linda, who has been placed in the cabin next to his in hopes they will "reunite." Steve sneaks into Gwen's room at her invitation and, having fallen in love with her, assures her that he is not married. The next day, everyone is mad at Steve: Gwen, because she finds out he was in Linda's room the previous night; the mothers, because he was in Linda's room and is not really married to her; and Van, because he is jealous. To make matters worse, Linda, who has engineered a ruse with Dick, vows that Steve is her errant husband and father of her child. Just before 4:00 p.m., Mr. Bishop, head of a charity organization for which Gwen raised the $10,000, demands to see the money. Gwen, who overhears the partners discussing how they plan to trick Steve into losing, stalls for time to help him. Steve confidently lies about how he has invested the money when the clock strikes four. The partners think they have won the bet because they set the clocks ahead, but Steve's assistant Samuel had corrected the clocks. Steve's victory means that he has doubled Gwen's money, and he tells everyone that he had made a bet for which he was supposed to lie for twenty-four hours, thereby reinstating his honor and earning him a kiss from Gwen. +

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