Release dateApril 20, 1929 (1929-04-20) WriterWilliam Collier Sr. (dialogue), Frederic S. Isham (novel), John McGowan (adaptation), James Montgomery (play) CastHelen Kane, Richard Dix, Wynne Gibson, Ned Sparks, Berton Churchill Similar moviesRelated Victor Schertzinger movies
Nothing but the truth
Nothing But the Truth is a 1929 American sound comedy film starring Richard Dix, loosely adapted from the play by James Montgomery and the novel by Frederic S. Isham. The play was adapted again (more faithfully) as Nothing But the Truth (1941) starring Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard.
Robert Bennett (Richard Dix) is a stockbroker who is very carefree with other people's money. Encouraging clients to buy stocks in companies that are failing is all in a day's work to him. His fiancée Gwenn Burke (Dorothy Hall) has to raise $40,000 for a charity project, comes to him with $10,000 to invest from her charity group, and wants him to double it within five days.
Meanwhile, E. M. Burke (Berton Churchill), Frank Connelly (Louis John Bartels), and Clarence Van Dyke (Ned Sparks) bet Bennett they will pay him each $10,000 if he tells the truth for 24 hours. The men later go to a nightclub where they meet Sabel and Mabel Jackson (Wynne Gibson and Helen Kane), who are a gold-digging sister act.
Mabel Jackson sings Do Something. After the show, the sisters ask Burke to back their show for them. They are determined to hold Burke to his promise to finance their idea for a show. and won't take No for an answer. They hold all the cards, as they have managed to enter Burke's home and refuse to leave without the cash. Burke's wife Mrs. Burke (Madeline Grey) learns from Robert that her husband had promised to back the Sisters' show. which makes his wife furious. Robert answers every question truthfully, before the 24 hours are over. His fiancée Dorothy asks him if he loves her and what he had done with all the money, he tells her the answer without telling a lie. Around 4pm, Robert has won the money by telling the truth.