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I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 28 February 1953 (USA)
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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FILMED IN CANADA'S COLORFUL QUEBEC BY WARNER BROS. (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Alfred Hitchcock wanted Olivia de Havilland to play Ruth Grandfort, but the role became minimized, so a star of her stature was not required. See more »

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In the scene where Ruth is watching the postman walk past her house, set during World War II, the cars parked on the street are all 1950s models. 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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Referenced in A Touch of Frost: True Confessions (1997) See more »

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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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