Cinema: The New Pictures, Nov. 1, 1943

True To Life (Paramount) is not true enough to be tearful, not false enough to be flat. It is a pleasant, rather cynical comedy in which Franchot Tone, Dick Powell and Mary Martin arrange an Anschluss between the never-never-land of radio and the hardly-ever-land of a "genuine" grey-collar family, Borough of Queens.

The Queens family gets into the picture when Link Ferris (Dick Powell), a radio-writer who has lost his genius for selling soap, crosses the East River in search of warm human materials. He stumbles upon just that in the person of Bonnie Porter (Mary Martin), a lunch-wagon waitress who sings...

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