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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 ...
Vicki McGuire
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 ...
Carol Andrews ...


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

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Release Date:

16 May 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Night  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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.
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Manages a Good Twist
8 April 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Okay, not much can be expected from quickie director Sam Newfield or an independent outfit like Alexander-Stern. Then too, the production never does rise above bare-bones status. However, the script does show imaginative twists plus dashes of snappy dialog. In short, the 60- minutes manages to be better than expected, even if the lighting bill couldn't exceed a buck fifty. So who killed meanie wife Norma, who, all in all, should have stayed dead. That's the whodunit part. But, in a neat twist, the last part turns unexpectedly into a nail-biting suspenser.

Got to admit I didn't recognize cult favorite Hughes in dark hair and even, surprise, surprise, playing a good girl, which she does well. Then too, there's Beaver Cleaver's dad, Beaumont, playing what else but somebody's husband. At least, he doesn't have a couple kids to amusingly cope with. Anyhow, kudos to the writers for rising above the usual formula, and maybe to Newfield for noirish direction. All in all, the little flick's a cut better than the standard programmer.

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