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I Confess -- Refusing to give into police investigators' questions of suspicion, due to the seal of confession, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder.

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Director:
Writers:
George Tabori (screen play) and
William Archibald (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
22 March 1953 (USA) See more »
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FILMED IN CANADA'S COLORFUL QUEBEC BY WARNER BROS. (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
Refusing to give into police investigators' questions of suspicion, due to the seal of confession, a priest becomes the prime suspect in a murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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User Reviews:
Intriguing and thrilling movie by the Master of Suspense in which a good priest is accused of killing See more (95 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Montgomery Clift ... Father Michael Logan

Anne Baxter ... Ruth Grandfort

Karl Malden ... Inspector Larrue

Brian Aherne ... Willy Robertson
O.E. Hasse ... Otto Keller (as O. E. Hasse)
Roger Dann ... Pierre Grandfort
Dolly Haas ... Alma Keller
Charles Andre ... Father Millars
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nan Boardman ... Maid (uncredited)

Henry Corden ... Det. Sgt. Farouche (uncredited)
Carmen Gingras ... 1st French Girl (uncredited)
Albert Godderis ... Nightwatchman (uncredited)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Man Crossing the Top of Long Staircase (uncredited)
Renée Hudon ... 2nd French Girl (uncredited)
Ovila Légaré ... Monsieur Villette (uncredited)
Gilles Pelletier ... Father Benoit (uncredited)
Judson Pratt ... Murphy (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Hitchcock 
 
Writing credits
George Tabori (screen play) and
William Archibald (screen play)

Paul Anthelme (from a play by)

Produced by
Sidney Bernstein .... producer (uncredited)
Alfred Hitchcock .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Haworth  (as Edward S. Haworth)
John Beckman (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Agnes Flanagan .... hairdresser (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sherry Shourds .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Alvarado .... assistant director (as Don Page)
C. Carter Gibson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Eddie Edwards .... props (uncredited)
Ben L. Goldman .... props (uncredited)
Robert B. Greene .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
O.H. Hudson .... boom (uncredited)
O.H. Hudson .... boom operator (uncredited)
Eugene F. Westfall .... recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Richard C. Smith .... effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Albin .... still photographer (uncredited)
George Bennett .... electrician (uncredited)
Donald O. Cedergren .... grip (uncredited)
Joseph H. Daegle .... grip (uncredited)
Everett Dexter .... grip (uncredited)
Gibby Germaine .... best boy (uncredited)
Van Mathews .... electrician (uncredited)
Harold Noyes .... grip (uncredited)
Joe O'Connell .... electrician (uncredited)
Wallace Pade .... grip (uncredited)
William H. Phillips .... generator operator (uncredited)
Walter Robinson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
George Satterfield .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Schurr .... camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Sealock .... electrician (uncredited)
Leonard J. South .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Kenneth B. Taylor .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Orry-Kelly .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ted Kring .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Elva Martien .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Martine .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Harry Allison .... driver (uncredited)
Kenneth Greene .... driver (uncredited)
Harry Zubrinsky .... transportation gaffer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Keon .... production associate
Paul LaCouline .... technical advisor (as Father Paul LaCouline)
Carl P. Benoit .... location manager (uncredited)
Charles Bonniwell .... location auditor (uncredited)
Marvin Margulies .... assistant location auditor (uncredited)
Rita Michaels .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Victor Peers .... general manager (uncredited)
Oliver Tangvay .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (as A Warner Bros.- First National Picture also)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alfred Hitchcock's 'I Confess!'" - USA (promotional title)
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Runtime:
95 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1953) | Peru:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (1995) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2004) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #16036) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the original play, the priest was hanged. This scene had to be eliminated and replaced with another scene to avoid the wrath of the censor.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: At about 50 min. and 26 sec. into the movie Father Logan is shown returning from the war.He is wearing the uniform of a Regina Rifle Regiment officer.This regiment was formed in Regina,Saskatchewan not in the French-speaking province of Quebec where Father Logan supposedly was living.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Fr. Michael William Logan:Who's there?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Veni Creator SpiritusSee more »

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Hedda Hopper---What Did She Write About "I Confess"?
Montgomery Clift---When Was He Signed by Hitch?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing and thrilling movie by the Master of Suspense in which a good priest is accused of killing, 6 June 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Entertaining suspense movie packs thrills ,intrigue , tension and ordinary Hitch touches . Indispensable seeing this quintessential Hitch movie , demanding various viewings . Classic and haunting suspense by the master himself , Hitchcock , dealing with tragic events when a priest (Montgomery Clift) takes confession from a man who coincidentally killed a blackmailer who he knew of pre-vows relationship with a married woman (Anne Baxter). Refusing to give into police investigators' questions of suspicion, due to the seal of confession, the Father becomes the prime suspect in a murder. The murderer is called Otto Kellar (O.E.Hasse) and his wife Alma (Dolly Haas) work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Quebec . Meanwhile , the priest named Fr. Michael Logan walking through the town, passes in front of a cinema showing ¨The enforcer¨.

Interesting Hitch film shot in Canada's colorful Quebec by Warner Bros , being based on the 1902 play "Nos Deux consciences" by Paul Anthelme, but little is known about any production of the play. However , in the original play, the priest was hanged ; this scene had to be eliminated and replaced with another scene to avoid the wrath of the censor. Alfred Hitchcock's films have become famous for a number of elements and iconography : innocent men wrongfully accused, blonde women , long non-dialogue sequences, etc . Hitch apparently decided to leave this movie location unspecific and without recognizable landmarks and filmed it in the city of Quebec . In spite of some shortcoming , this is the picture that best reflects many of Hitchcock's puritanical ethics . Hitch plays on the senses and keeps the suspense and action in feverish pitch . All the elements for a suspenseful evening are in place and things move at an intelligent pace . The story is typical Hitch fare , an issue of wrong accusation , dual guilt , and treason that embroils a man in murder . Hitch had two of most charming actors of all Hollywood as Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter . As a pretty good acting by Montgomery Clift as a priest falsely framed of killing and Anne Baxter as his old friend who cannot handle the situation wrought in her life by the gross injustice . Montgomery Clift drank during the shooting and his eyes appear glazed during the ferry scene , Hitchcock was a very non-confrontational director and delegated an assistant director and Karl Malden to talk to the actor about it . Supporting cast is frankly excellent such as Karl Malden as Inspector Larrue , Brian Aherne as prosecutor Willy Robertson , O.E. Hasse as Otto Keller , Roger Dann as Pierre Grandfort and Dolly Haas played Alma Keller in this film ; Haas was selected to play "Alma" Keller, because of her physical resemblance to Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville . As usual , Hitch's cameo as man walking , as he is uncredited crossing the Top of Long Staircase . Atmospheric and moody cinematography in evocative style by Robert Burks , Hitch's ordinary . Very good sets and production design by Haworth and Beckman . Riveting and thrilling musical score by classic Dimitri Tiomkin .

The motion picture was well directed by Alfred Hitchcock , he was famous for making his actors follow the script to the word, but in this movie the Hitch's method filmmaking clashing with Clift's method interpretation and the result falls short of the Master of Suspense's best pictures and never quite comes off at all . This is one of Hitch's most stylish and discussed films and will keep you riveted and excited until the edge-of-your-seat .

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