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True Confession (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 24 December 1937 (USA)
A lawyer defends his wife, a pathological liar, in a murder trial.

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Helen Bartlett
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Kenneth Bartlett
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Charley Jasper
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Daisy McClure
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Mr. Hartman
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Darsey
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Bartender
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The Coroner
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Krayler's Butler
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Judge
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Otto Krayler
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McDougall (as Tommy Dugan)
Garry Owen ...
Tony Krauch
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Suzanne Baggart
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Ella
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Storyline

Helen and Ken are a pretty strange couple. She is a pathological liar, and he is a scrupulously honest (and therefore unsuccessful) lawyer. Helen starts a new job, and when her employer is found dead, all the (circumstantial) evidence points at her. She is put on trial for murder, and her husband defends her. He thinks she is lying again when she says she didn't do it, and insists she plead that she did, but in self defense. Charlie, a shady, odd character who may or may not know something about what really happened, hangs around the courtroom and jail making rude comments and noises. After Helen is acquitted, he tries to blackmail them. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Comedy | Crime

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24 December 1937 (USA)  »

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La folle confession  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was never televised until many years afterward. It was released on DVD 4 April 2006 as part of Universal's Carole Lombard: The Glamour Collection, as a single 5 August 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and again 17 May 2016 as part of the Universal Hollywood Icons: Carole Lombard Collection. Since that time it's also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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Charles "Charley" Jasper: I, Charles Jasper, utmost in criminologists, committed the perfect crime. And who stole the glory of my deed? Who writes childish articles, gives stupid lectures? Who has lived to see her husband grow sleek and fat upon the fruits of the stolen crime? My crime! Thief!
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Version of Cross My Heart (1946) See more »

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True Confession
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Carole's worst starring vehicle
10 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a mess this thing is! Both lead characters are fools and irritating in the bargain. Carole's native intelligence shines through which actually weakens the movie since it reminds you that a woman obviously this smart would never do things so stupid. Fred's part is a dullard simp and even he would never believe the ridiculous things his wife comes up with. John Barrymore, or rather what's left of him at this point, is beyond hammy with another character that makes no sense. The only bright spot is Una Merkel who gives a sprightly, cute performance of the only person in the picture who seems like she would actually exist. Aside from her the movie is a dog.


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