The Half-Naked Truth (1932) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Half-Naked Truth (1932)





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This film stars Lee Tracy as a carnival huckster and Lupe Velez as a "kootch" dancer. Reaching for the moon, Tracy passes Lupe off as an exotic foreign princess -- and manages to pull the wool over the eyes of all Manhattan.


Lee Tracy
as Bates
Lupe Velez
as Teresita
Frank Morgan
as Farrell
Bob McKenzie
as Col. Munday
Franklin Pangborn
as Wolverton, Hotel Manager
James Donlan
as Carnival Press Agent
Si Jenks
as Townsman
Mary Mason
as Farrell's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for The Half-Naked Truth

All Critics (1)

Comedy that benefits from an inspired brilliant free-spirited comic performance by Lee Tracy and amusing turns by supporting actors Eugene Pallette and Frank Morgan.

August 29, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Half-Naked Truth


The main trouble with this movie is that none of its characters are all that likeable. Lee Tracy as the carnival barker turned into a publicity man has a voice and brashness that quickly get annoying. The talent he's promoting, a young 'exotic' singer played by Lupe Velez, wears the requisite skimpy pre-Code outfits, but her musical and dance performances fall flat. Frank Morgan plays a Broadway show owner whose romances lack any semblance of reality or passion. There is simply no charm in this script, and Velez is the only actor cast who has the capability of breathing some into it, but she's almost entirely bottled up, which is a shame. There are some cute moments, such as when Tracy gets a compromising photo of Morgan and Lupez kissing, and blows up all sorts of copies to torment Morgan in his office. However, there are many other moments which are lame and anything but erotic, such as the whole nudist colony thing. The film seems to have been in search of something spicy, but you can't get that by giving it an ill-fitting and salacious title, including the most boring nudists possible, or by putting people together who have zero chemistry. Velez is the main reason to watch it, but you could also do much better.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

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