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Full Confession (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 8 September 1939 (USA)
A Catholic priest by the name of Father Loma must convince a man to step forward to save an innocent man from being sent to the electric chair.



(story) (as Leo Birinski), (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)


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Complete credited cast:
Molly Sullivan
Father Loma
Michael O'Keefe
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Norah O'Keefe
Laura Mahoney (as Adele Pearce)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
Frank O'Keefe
John Bleifer ...
George Humbert ...


Pat Sullivan has committed a murder and told his priest, Father Loma, about it watches in agony when an innocent man, Michal O'Keefe, is accused of the crime and sentenced to the electric chair on circumstantial evidence. The priest, bound by inviolable sanctity of the confessional, also struggles with the issue of how to save O'Keefe, and keep his religious vows. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

8 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Confissão  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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RKO B film with a spiritual message
17 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Full Confession is an RKO B film starring Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, and Joseph Calleia.

Pat Sullivan (McLaglen) commits a murder, but another man, Michael O'Keefe (Fitzgerald) is accused of it.

Pat goes to prison for robbery and eventually is released. When he becomes ill and believes he's about to die, he confesses to Father Loma (Calleia).

When he doesn't die, the priest, close to the O'Keefe family as well as Pat, begs him to admit his crime. Because of the seal of confession, the priest himself can't turn him in.

Pat refuses; he has no intention of returning to prison and he wants to marry the woman who stood by him (Sally Eilers).

Good movie especially if you're a Catholic and religious. Its message is powerful no matter what you believe.

The film, directed by John Farrow, looks Expressionist.

Very well done.

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