The Truth About Murder

The Truth About Murder is a 1946 American mystery film directed by Lew Landers, written by Lawrence Kimble, Hilda Gordon and Eric Taylor, and starring Bonita Granville, Morgan Conway, Rita Corday, Don Douglas and June Clayworth.[1][2][3] It was released on July 26, 1946 by RKO Pictures.

The Truth About Murder
Theatrical release poster
Directed byLew Landers
Produced byHerman Schlom
Screenplay byLawrence Kimble
Hilda Gordon
Eric Taylor
StarringBonita Granville
Morgan Conway
Rita Corday
Don Douglas
June Clayworth
Music byLeigh Harline
CinematographyFrank Redman
Edited byEdward W. Williams
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • July 26, 1946 (1946-07-26)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States


Christine Allen administers lie detector tests for the district attorney, Les Ashton, but wants to become a prosecutor in court. Frustrated, she leaves Les to work for lawyer Bill Crane, whose unhappy wife Marsha, a photographer, makes large bets with bookie Johnny Lacka and openly flirts with model Peggy's husband.

Les is in love with Chris and wants her back. He fools Bill into believing Marsha wants to reconcile, but instead Paul Marvin turns up, telling Bill he and Marsha have become romantically involved. Marsha then is found dead. Les and the police naturally suspect Bill.

Lacka refuses to pay the $20,000 that Marsha won with her bet. Peggy is then killed. At a party, Chris convinces her guests to take one of her lie detector tests. From the answers she gets, she deduces that Paul is the killer behind it all. She is saved from being his next victim by Les, with whom she is now in love.



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  2. "The Truth About Murder". TV Guide. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  3. "The Truth About Murder (1946)". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
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