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I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 February 1953 (USA)
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A priest who comes under suspicion for murder cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.

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Otto Kellar and his wife Alma work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Quebec. Whilst robbing a house where he sometimes works as a gardener, Otto is caught and kills the owner. Racked with guilt he heads back to the church where Father Michael Logan is working late. Otto confesses his crime, but when the police begin to suspect Father Logan he cannot reveal what he has been told in the confession. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Alfred Hitchcock considered Suzanne Cloutier or Ursula Thiess for the female lead. See more »

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Just before Logan accidentally smashes the car window when he's attacked by the mob, the window can clearly be seen to have been "pre-cracked" to allow it to break upon impact. See more »

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Otto Keller: I have abused your kindness. You who gave my wife and me a home - even friendship, so wonderful a thing for a refugee, a German, a man without a home.
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Atypical Hitchcock
24 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

"I Confess" is one of Alfred Hitchcock's least famous films, and it's easy to see why: there is no mystery (we know who the killer is right from the start); there is some suspense but no major set-pieces; there is very little humor (no Cary Grant-type wisecracks here). The movie is a somber psychological drama, and the story of a forbidden love, and perhaps a Christ allegory (the priest has to suffer for another man's sins - he has to bear his own cross). I wouldn't rank it among Hitchcock's best, but it certainly has some of the best acting you can find in a Hitchcock film: Montgomery Clift is superb in a difficult role, Anne Baxter is warm and utterly believable as the woman who is consumed by her love for him, and Karl Malden is perfectly cast as the nosy (no pun intended) inspector on the case. (**1/2)


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