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Leo Birinsky (story)
Jerome Cady (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 September 1939 (USA) See more »
STARK! SAVAGE! FATEFUL! (original poster - all caps) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Victor McLaglen ... Pat McGinnis

Sally Eilers ... Molly Sullivan

Joseph Calleia ... Father Loma

Barry Fitzgerald ... Michael O'Keefe
Elisabeth Risdon ... Norah O'Keefe
Pamela Blake ... Laura Mahoney (as Adele Pearce)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Frank O'Keefe
John Bleifer ... Weaver
William Haade ... Moore
George Humbert ... Mercantonio
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Blystone ... Detective (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Warden (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Lieutenant Thatcher (uncredited)
Jim Farley ... Tavern Owner (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Convict (uncredited)
William Gould ... Policeman (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... The Judge (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Policeman (uncredited)
Gordon Hart ... Head of Parole Board (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... Third Doctor (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Prison Guard at Sunday Services (uncredited)
Tom London ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Joe, Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Work Guard (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... First Doctor (uncredited)
Theodore von Eltz ... Prosecutor (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
Writing credits
Leo Birinsky (story) (as Leo Birinski)

Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)

Produced by
Lee S. Marcus .... executive producer (as Lee Marcus)
Robert Sisk .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Art Department
Feild M. Gray .... associate art director (as Feild Gray)
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist
Crew believed to be complete

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73 min (Turner library print) | USA:78 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)


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RKO B film with a spiritual message, 17 July 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

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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