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True Confession (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 December 1937 (USA)
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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Charley Jasper
Una Merkel ...
Daisy McClure
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Mr. Hartman
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Darsey
Lynne Overman ...
Bartender
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The Coroner
Fritz Feld ...
Krayler's Butler
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Judge
John T. Murray ...
Otto Krayler
Tom Dugan ...
McDougall (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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Confesión sincera  »

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Though the song "True Confession," with music by Frederick Hollander and lyrics by Sam Coslow, is listed in the credits, the song itself is never performed in the film, though its melody is incorporated into Hollander's background score. See more »

Quotes

Charles "Charley" Jasper: You bore me. Fill my glass.
George: Yeah, where's your money?
Charles "Charley" Jasper: What is money? Pathetic scraps of metal, paper crawling with germs. Fill my glass.
George: Yeah, as soon as you toss a few germs my way.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

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True Confession
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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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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