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The Confession (1920)

 -  Drama  -  January 1920 (USA)
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A priest hears a murderer's confession but can't reveal the truth, even though his brother is being tried for the crime.

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Henry B. Walthall ...
Father Bartlett
Francis McDonald ...
Tom Bartlett
William Clifford ...
Joseph Dumont
Margaret McWade ...
Mrs. Bartlett
Margaret Landis ...
Rose Creighton
Barney Furey ...
Jimmie Creighton
Henry Stanley ...
Michael Dugan
Johnnie Revelle ...
Paisy Morgan
Sally Cohn ...
Mrs. Dumont
Irene Aldwyn ...
Fanchette
George Spelvin ...
The Marshal
Fred L. Wilson
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A priest hears a murderer's confession but can't reveal the truth, even though his brother is being tried for the crime.

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Not one of Walthall's best roles!
29 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Unconvincing story based on a stage play by Hal Reid about a priest who, knowing who the real murderer is when another man (the priest's brother, in fact) is about to be executed for a murder he didn't commit, decides to hunt down and bring to justice the real killer himself. In point of fact, if this situation arose, all the priest has to do is to write a letter to the governor asking for a stay of execution. True, he is not allowed to reveal the name of the murderer, but if he does nothing, he is guilty of murder himself if an innocent person is executed. Nevertheless, if for the purposes of drama, we pretend that the priest's only choice is to hunt down the real killer himself, this movie still doesn't come across effectively, despite its sizable budget and a fair amount of location shooting. There are three problems: Henry B. Walthall is not particularly convincing to me as a priest turned murderer-hunter. I'm not blaming Walthall himself. The impossible script, which hedges its bets by making the innocent man the priest's brother, and to a greater degree, the dreary nail-that-camera-to-the-ground direction by Bert Bracken are the real culprits. The full film as theatrically released is available on a very good Alpha DVD.


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