Colonel John Wister, on duty with the British army in the desert region of Dubik, returns to England on leave. There he falls in love with Julia Ashton, who cares deeply for him but ... See full summary »
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 »
Where has this movie been all my life. I've been a film buff since I was a little kid, and over the last 6 decades I would hope I have achieved a certain objective enthusiasm when it comes to films. That is why I was so blown away when I finally got to see this movie. I have to admit that I was never a real Kay Francis fan - until I saw her in "Confession". I had an epiphany much like I did with Virginia Bruce in "Kongo". She was great. Some of the close-ups were heartbreaking. Basil Rathbone is better than ever as the oily, sophisticated, morally corrupt, seducer. Jane Bryan does a credible job as the naive daughter in danger of losing her innocence. Watch for Veda Ann Borg in the role of Xenia (one of Basil's many conquests). The plot is fairly simple. A young woman (Francis) is seduced by, and ruined by, Basil Rathbone. She loses her husband and daughter and becomes a fallen woman who sings in seedy cafes for a meager living. After years of degradation, she accidentally meets Rathbone again, only to find that he is about to seduce her daughter! In an emotional explosion, she shoots and kills Rathbone and is tried for his murder. The flashbacks during the trial tell the story. The director, Joe May, does everything right. His training in German Cinema is evident throughout the movie. The atmospherics are stunning. Camera angles, shadow and light, close-ups, all work. I give it a 10 and wish I could give it more!
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