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I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 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's 'I Confess!'  »

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$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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As a soldier in the Canadian Army during WW2 Michael Logan's uniform features a Regina Infantry Regiment shoulder patch. Regina is a city in Saskatchewan 2,000 miles from Quebec City and it's extremely unlikely Logan would have enlisted in this far away regiment. See more »

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While Ruth waits for her husband beside the door of the city council, a thin old man enters and walks until the desk and then disappears between shots. See more »

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Fr. Michael William Logan: I never thought of the priesthood as offering a hiding place.
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Hitch Asks Moral Question
8 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

An Alfred Hitchcock film with very little action or suspense, this moral issue- drama still maintains interest for the most part. Montgomery Clift is intriguing as "Father William Logan," a Catholic priest from Quebec who hears a murder confession, is charged with the crime himself, and never wavers from his vow to keep confessions private.

The question Hitchcock apparently poses with this is is, "Is that still morally right when it means you leave a killer out on the loose?"

Complicating the matter is an old girlfriend, played by Anne Baxter, who still loves the priest. However, once again the cleric remains true to his vows and doesn't get involved with her.

Karl Malden, meanwhile, plays a gung-ho cop out to solve the crime.

This movie could use a little more suspense and action, plus a bit of the old Hitchcock humor, but still is more than passable.


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