Powell and Tone star in this rollicking comedy as pair of high-priced soap-opera scriptwriters who have run out of ideas and whose family-oriented show, "Kitty Farmer," is in danger of being canceled. Since both men are bachelors, they have no idea what family life is really about, but
they need to come up with some new ideas or lose their jobs. When Powell and Tone visit the home of waitress Martin, they encounter as wildly screwball a family as anyone could imagine. Martin's father is the eccentric Moore, an inventor of silly items and a part-time air-raid warden who reaches
for his helmet every time he hears any kind of siren. Moore's wife is Paige, who is the sanest of the brood but still a few bricks shy of a load. Paige's brother, Demarest, hasn't worked for years and has a running battle of silence with Moore. The film cuts back and forth between this crazy
household and the radio show, which Tone and Powell turn into a comic carbon copy of the loony goings-on they witness in Martin's home. The ratings for "Kitty Farmer" begin to soar, much to the delight of sponsor Kolb and his two yes-men assistants, Truex and Shannon. Meanwhile, Tone is doing his
best to win the favors of Martin, and Powell is trying to keep her family away from the radio so they don't hear the popular show and realize that it's their story.
TRUE TO LIFE is a delightful satire of radio's golden days, with sparkling performances from the entire cast. Every role, no matter how small, is well cast and Marshall's direction is on the money. Martin, who seldom registered as well on screen as she did on stage, contributes one of her finest
film performances here, handling the comedy with great deftness. Since she and Powell were well-known singers, audiences may have expected a full-blown musical, but TRUE TO LIFE is much less a musical comedy than a comedy with music, though it does feature songs by Johnny Mercer and Hoagy
Camichael, including "Mr. Bluebird" (sung by Martin), "There She Was," "The Old Music Master," (sung by Powell), "Mister Pollyanna," and "Sudsy Suds Theme Songd" (sung by Carmichael). In a bit part, note 21-year-old Yvonne De Carlo, already in her 12th movie.
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