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The Lady Confesses (1945)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  16 May 1945 (USA)
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An estranged wife shows up after a nearly 7 year disappearance to prevent her husband from marrying his new love, and someone kills her.

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Complete credited cast:
Mary Beth Hughes ...
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Larry Craig
Edmund MacDonald ...
Lucky Brandon
Claudia Drake ...
Lucille Compton
Emmett Vogan ...
Police Capt. Brown
Barbara Slater ...
Norma Craig
Edward Howard ...
Detective Harmon
Dewey Robinson ...
Steve
Carol Andrews ...
Margie
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Storyline

Shortly before she is to be married, a young woman gets a visit from her fiance's wife, who had been missing for seven years and presumed dead. Soon both the girl and her fiance find themselves mixed up with a crooked nightclub owner, gangsters and murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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I CONFESS! I PLAYED AT LOVE BUT MURDER WAS MY BUSINESS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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16 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Night  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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untitled: [after having her picture taken at the 711 Club, a woman complains] , Oh, I had my mouth open.
untitled: [Her husband responds] , Is that something new?
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It's A Fine Old World
Written by Smith, Kuhstos and Blonder
Sung by Claudia Drake
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A Surprisingly Effective Film Noir "B"
14 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

By the humble standards of both director Sam Newfield and bottom-rung distributor P.R.C., The Lady Confesses (irrelevant title but catchy) shapes up as an outstanding little film noir. The screenplay is reasonably gripping and intriguing, the players (particularly the four leads: Hughes, Beaumont, MacDonald and Drake) are all on the ball, and more importantly both director Sam Newfield (I'd rate this as his best film) and photographer Jack Greenhalgh give it their best college try, using lots of effective close-ups, framed against noirishly glossy, black backgrounds. Even Emmett Vogan (minus his usual trademark glasses) comes across with reasonable conviction, while Dewey Roninson makes the most of his comparatively large role as an over-buoyant bartender. My only complaint is that all three of Claudia Drake's pleasing song numbers are either cut short or interrupted by the demands of the swift-moving plot.


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