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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The Whole Truth (1958)

A married film producer (Stewart Granger) is having an affair with a tempestuous Italian actress (Gianna Maria Canale) while making a film in the South of France. He wants to break it off but she threatens to tell his wife (Donna Reed). But when a police inspector (George Sanders) turns up later that evening to tell the producer that the actress has been murdered, everything goes to Hell in a hand basket! This far fetched thriller with comedic overtones tries to be too clever for its own good and ends up falling apart before the conclusion. Based on a play by Philip Mackie, it hides its theatrical roots nicely though I suspect it's been changed a lot. There's never any doubt who the killer is so the suspense, such as it is, is in how our hero is going to clear his name by exposing the real murderer. Reed, in her last film role before turning to TV, looks terrific. Directed by John Guillermin (TOWERING INFERNO) with a nice jazzy score by Mischa Spoliansky played by the Johnny Dankworth orchestra. With Michael Shillo and Carlo Giustini.

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