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True Confession (1937)

 -  Comedy  -  24 December 1937 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Helen Bartlett
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Kenneth Bartlett
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Charles "Charley" Jasper
Una Merkel ...
Daisy McClure
Porter Hall ...
Mr. Hartman, Prosecutor
Edgar Kennedy ...
Darsey
Lynne Overman ...
George, Bartender
Irving Bacon ...
Coroner
Fritz Feld ...
Butler
Richard Carle ...
Judge
John T. Murray ...
Otto Krayler
Tom Dugan ...
Typewriter Man (as Tommy Dugan)
Garry Owen ...
Tony Krauch
Toby Wing ...
Suzanne Baggart
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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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24 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Confissão de Mulher  »

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Eleanor Fisher (who played the 'Reporter') won her part in this film after being crowned 'Miss Typical America' in a nationwide competition. At the time of the announcement she appeared in a number of high profile advertisements for Maybelline cosmetics. It was her only film role. See more »

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Ballistic Expert: I got the call about 10 o'clock Wednesday morning from the homicide bureau. I found the defendant, I mean, er, the deceased, laying, er, lying face down on the floor, I mean the rug. So I examined the uh, rug, or, er, uh, the body, and found that death was caused by two bullets, fired into his range, I mean, two bullets fired at close range into his lead, er, head.
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True Confession
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
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Not the Best Screwball Comedy, but Makes Laugh
23 December 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The aspirant writer Helen Bartlett (Carole Lombard) and her husband, the lawyer Kenneth "Ken" Bartlett (Fred MacMurray) are facing financial difficulties, since Helen is a mediocre writer and compulsive liar and Ken is an ethical and honest lawyer and can not find clients. Ken does not want that Helen works, but she secretly accepts the job of secretary to work with her father's friend Otto Krayler (John T. Murray) having a high salary for a few working hours a day. However, she is lured by Krayler that harasses her and she leaves his apartment. Helen summons her best friend Daisy McClure (Una Merkel) to go with her to retrieve her coat and purse from the apartment. But Krayler is found dead and Helen becomes the prime suspect of the police. Ken believes that his wife killed Krayler to defend her honor in self-defense and he defends her in court. After the trial, Helen is blackmailed by the weird Charles "Charley" Jasper (John Barrymore).

"True Confession" is not the best screwball comedy, but makes laugh. The story is dated and Helen Bartlett is not a bright character, with silly and stupid attitudes that are funny, but not intelligent jokes. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Confissão de Mulher" ("Confession of Woman")


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