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I Confess -- Master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock directs screen legend Montgomery Clift in this story where a priest hears a murderer's confession and implicates himself in the crime.
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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Release Date:
22 March 1953 (USA) See more »
FILMED IN CANADA'S COLORFUL QUEBEC BY WARNER BROS. (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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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  (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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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:PG (video rating) | 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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #16036) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Montgomery Clift drank during the shooting and his eyes appear glazed during the ferry scene. Alfred Hitchcock was a very non-confrontational director and delegated an assistant director and Karl Malden to talk to the actor about it.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Fr. Michael William Logan:I never thought of the priesthood as offering a hiding place.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Oh, Woe Is Me (1993)See more »
Love, Look What You've Done To MeSee more »


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24 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Hitch Asks Moral Question, 8 October 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

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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