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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 »
Continuity: When the Inspector first comes to take Father Logan to the police station, the distance that the sliding door is opened changes between shots.See more »
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.See more »
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28 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
The new DVD is excellent., 24 December 2004
Author: jgepperson from United States

This may not be one of Hitchcock's greatest movies, but it's still a great film, since it was made by the master, who somehow managed to survive beautifully in Hollywood for many years. It contains many of his favorite things: lamps, the backs of people's heads, bedposts, ladies pacing in front of mantelpieces, obvious symbolism, architecture, performing arts halls, etc. More somber in tone than most Hitchcock thrillers, it should not be missed by any Hitchcock fan.

Nor by any Montgomery Clift fan. At one point Clift is juxtaposed against a statue of Christ dragging his cross, taunted by soldiers. This could be the impishly sadistic Hitchcock poking fun at the "plugged-up" persona that Clift was developing for himself, but Clift is nevertheless excellent as the brooding, sensitive priest trapped by his own devotional vows. And of course he's physically beautiful: the hair, the eyes, the eyebrows.

Less effective, although she has her moments, is Anne Baxter who was a replacement for a European actress. It's too bad, because it's hard to buy Baxter as the luscious Hitchcock blonde. Her hairdo is awful (well, it was 1953, so it's not entirely her fault)and she does that line reading that she does in every movie, including "All About Eve," where each line fades to a whisper, or starts as a whisper and stays that way. Once you become aware of it, you can't not notice it! She does, however, have at least one great Orry-Kelly dress and the way she snaps "Yes" at her husband was worth a rollback for a second viewing.

The new DVD is excellent. It has a little documentary which is enjoyable, if you can stand Peter Bogdanovich doing his Hitchcock impersonation. Hitchcock's daughter is also in the documentary. It's amazing how she seems to not really understand what her father was up to sub-textually, but she continues to enjoy his success.

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