Nothing but the Truth (April 20, 1929)
Released on April 20, 1929: A flamboyant stock broker during the Roaring 20's bets ten thousand dollars that he can tell nothing but the honest truth for 24 hours.
Directed by Victor Schertzinger
Written by Frederic S. Isham, William Collier Sr., John McGowan and James Montgomery
The Actors: Richard Dix (Robert Bennett), Berton Churchill (E.M. Burke), Louis John Bartels (laughing Frank Connelly), Ned Sparks (Clarence van Dyke), Wynne Gibson (Sabel Jackson), Helen Kane (Mabel Jackson), Dorothy Hall (Gwenn Burke), Madeline Grey (Mrs. E.M. Burke), Nancy Ryan (Ethel Clark), William Crane (drunk), Preston Foster (nightclub patron)
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After Today I'll Never Tell the Truth Again!
So a fellow who makes a great living by lying to his clients gets roped into a bet that he cannot tell only the truth for the next 24 hours . . . You say that you remember this movie from 1941 with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard . . . ohh, you say that you meant the Jim Carrey movie, 'Liar, Liar' from 1997? Well, like many good movies of today, they got their script from a much earlier movie, and this is it! Let me set the background for you: It is the spring of 1929, and America and most of the world is enjoying the 'Roaring 20's' - the economy is bursting at the seams . . . the stock market is jumping every day at a record setting pace . . . wealth is all around as conspicuous consumption is the name of the game. It will be another 6 months or so until the September 29, 1929 stock market crash that plunged the world into a Great Depression that did not end until World War II forced us to spend our way out of the sour economy. In this pre-depression comedy a young stock broker finds himself on one end of a wager for ten thousand dollars that he cannot manage to tell only the absolute truth for 24 hours, as the three men on the other end of the bet stick by his side trying with all their might to get him to lie. The plot twists and the dialogue are much wittier than most stories from the 1920's, and you'll roll on the floor laughing at the predicaments that honest Bob Bennett, played by Richard Dix, gets himself into and out of. The quality of the film and sound are not the best, as the only available print comes from a worn film copy shown on Australian television many years ago, but the story itself is a classic that you just don't want to miss. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Berton Churchill, Helen Kane and Wynne Gibson
Berton Churchill and Helen Kane
Berton Churchill, Richard Dix and Louis John Bartels
Dorothy Hall and Richard Dix
Dorothy Hall questions Richard Dix, and he must tell the truth
Richard Dix tells the truth to Dorothy Hall
Helen Kane and Wynne Gibson
Helen Kane on stage with her 'story'
Louis John Bartels and Richard Dix
Madeline Grey, Nancy Ryan and Richard Dix
Ned Sparks as Clarence van Dyke
Richard Dix and Dorothy Hall
Richard Dix and Madeline Grey
Richard Dix and Ned Sparks at the speak easy
Richard Dix as stock broker Robert Bennett
William Crane and Helen Kane
Wynne Gibson and Helen Kane in Mrs. Burke's bedroom
Wynn Gibson and Helen Kane in Nothing but the Truth