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Confession (1937)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  28 August 1937 (USA)
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Aging down on her luck cabaret singer murders a respectable composer. On trial she slowly gives in and explains her crime. They had a complicated history.

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Leonide Kirow
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Michael Michailow
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Lisa
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Mary Maguire ...
Hildegard
Dorothy Peterson ...
Mrs. Koslov
Laura Hope Crews ...
Stella
Robert Barrat ...
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Ben Welden ...
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Veda Ann Borg ...
Xenia
Joan Valerie ...
Wanda (as Helen Valkis)
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Aging down on her luck cabaret singer murders a respectable composer. On trial she slowly gives in and explains her crime. They had a complicated history.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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28 August 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Exomologisis  »

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$513,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Director Joe May was so determined to make this a close remake of the German film Mazurka (1935) that he kept a print of "Mazurka" on the set and frequently ran sections of it, to the annoyance of the new film's cast. In addition to copying the German original shot-by-shot in many scenes, this film also reuses the original score and songs. See more »

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Remake of Mazurka (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

One Hour of Romance
(1935) (uncredited)
(originally "Nur eine Stunde" from Mazurka (1935))
Music by Peter Kreuder
English lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Kay Francis in the Cabaret
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Kay Francis stuns in a stylish weepie
12 May 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis gives what is probably her best, most stunning performance in "Confession" - a near shot-by-shot remake of a 1935 Pola Negri soaper called "Mazurka" about a mother/singer who kills her former lover (Basil Rathbone) as soon as she finds out that he is about court her daughter (Jane Bryan). She is put on trial and asked to recount her story. This is a pretty much a routine "Madame X" weepie about maternal sacrifice but under the direction of Joe May, a German emigré who once collaborated with Fritz Lang in Germany, it becomes an amazingly stylish melodrama with sprawling narrative, expressionist outbursts, inventive camera movements, and interesting use of flashbacks. The final moments after the trial are tragic and sad. I love all Kay Francis' movies; "Confession", I think, is her very best.


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