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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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Cast

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Helen Bartlett
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Kenneth Bartlett
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Charley Jasper
Una Merkel ...
Daisy McClure
Porter Hall ...
Mr. Hartman
Edgar Kennedy ...
Darsey
Lynne Overman ...
Bartender
Irving Bacon ...
The Coroner
Fritz Feld ...
Krayler's Butler
Richard Carle ...
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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Charles "Charley" Jasper: Whether you killed Krayler or whether you didn't you'll look very pretty-fried.
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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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12 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As noted in most of the reviews here, Carole Lombard is remarkable in this unique screwball comedy. Although she plays the part of a chronic liar, she brings it off such charm and humor that it's easy to see why her husband, a self-described "stickler for honesty", tolerates her excesses.

I watched this movie without knowing anything about it before-hand (I'd never heard of it, actually), and I'm glad I knew nothing going in. The plot is surprising, with Carole's character spinning her webs and sending events in strange and unexpected directions. So this won't be much of a review: please watch this movie. If you have any fondness for this genre, you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.


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