True to Life
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Screenplay byDon Hartman
Harry Tugend
Story byBen Barzman
Bess Taffel
Sol Barzman
Produced byPaul Jones
StarringMary Martin
Franchot Tone
Dick Powell
CinematographyCharles Lang
Edited byLeroy Stone
Music byVictor Young
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 24, 1943 (1943-12-24)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

True to Life is a 1943 American comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring Mary Martin, Franchot Tone and Dick Powell.[1] The film features three songs by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics by Johnny Mercer.[2]


Writers Fletcher Marvin and Link Ferris must improve their scripts for a radio drama or face the wrath of their sponsor, a major soap company. Going in different directions, Fletcher heads to "bright lights and lovely ladies", while Link meets the Porter family and falls in love with their daughter, Bonnie.[2] She mistakenly believes that he is unemployed and poor, and takes him back to lodge at her house while he seeks work. He meets her family including her eccentric inventor father and gruff, layabout uncle. He begins using them as characters in his new radio show, which rapidly becomes an enormous hit. He has to do everything he can to prevent the family finding out that he is turning their everyday lives and conversations into entertainment, a task not helped when his writing partner Fletcher turns up believing that the show could do with the plot development of a romantic rival.



  1. ^ "True to Life (1943) - George Marshall, Lewis Seiler | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".
  2. ^ a b "True To Life". Movie-Radio Guide. November 1943. p. 21. Retrieved March 23, 2022.