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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Confissão de Mulher  »

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David O. Selznick, producer of "Nothing Sacred," was concerned that the release of "True Confession" would harm his film at the box office because both star Carole Lombard as a woman involved in a well-publicized hoax. 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)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Carole Lombard is delightful as an inveterate liar married to an honest lawyer, Fred MacMurray
4 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"True Confession" is beautifully filmed and staged. It's funny in places, funny enough to have you laughing out loud, but it's also got dry spells where there are no laughs, even if the situations are amusing. Carole Lombard is excellent as the wife who makes up lies to make life easier, but they often get her in trouble. Fred MacMurray plays a straight-shooting lawyer who won't take on a client unless he or she is really innocent. He's good at comedy, but I think the script rather let him down on this one. John Barrymore plays a real oddball character, and he's quite funny all by himself. He's a pleasure to watch in action. I find the antics of the cop (Edgar Kennedy) as way too grating and unfunny. Una Merkel is a capable comic actress, and she has a few sharp lines, but a lot of the time she's trying to rein in Carole. Porter Hall, like the rest, can do good comedy. He has his shtick, but again I felt his part as prosecutor was too forced as written.

Overall, a film with a very good cast let down by a script that was uneven and quite often unfunny, but raised by smooth execution of the material and pretty photography.


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