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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)
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Tony Krauch
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Suzanne Baggart
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Ella
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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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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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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 13, 1941 with Fred MacMurray and Carole Lombard reprising their film roles. 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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True Confession
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Great Lombard Comedy
16 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brilliant blend of screwball and black comedy with Carole Lombard at her best playing a compulsive liar married to a scrupulously honest lawyer, Fred MacMurray.

She gets duped into accepting a secretarial job that seems to good to be true. It is. She wrestles with the man, punches him in the stomach and leaves. Later that afternoon she goes back to retrieve her hat with pal Una Merkel. But just as they get up their courage to sneak in a get her things, the police show up because the man has been murdered.

In jail she concocts a scheme to say she killed him to defend her honor. MacMurray will defend her, free her, and become famous. All their troubles will be over. But in a bar sits a man, John Barrymore, who has ideas of cashing in on the murder case.

A flop in its day, but a terrific comedy with top performances by all. Lombard is totally wonderful as the liar who dreams up stories in the blink of an eye. MacMurray is solid, but Barrymore is great as the "world's preeminent criminologist." Supporting cast includes Lynne Overman, Porter Hall, Hattie McDaniel, Richard Carle, Fritz Feld, Edgar Kennedy, Tom Dugan, Irving Bacon, and Gary Owen.

Lombard and Barrymore are tops!


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