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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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Tagline:
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:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Brooding, moody, deceptively simple, and beautiful study of guilt and honor 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 1953 French-dubbed version, the Montgomery Clift character is called 'Marcel' instead of 'Michael'.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Pierre comes into her bedroom, Ruth sits on the bed with her right arm leaning on the bed. In the next shot her right arm is extended on her right leg.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Fr. Michael William Logan:Who's there?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Hitchcock and Dial M (2004) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dies IraeSee more »

FAQ

Hedda Hopper---What Did She Write About "I Confess"?
Montgomery Clift---When Was He Signed by Hitch?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Brooding, moody, deceptively simple, and beautiful study of guilt and honor, 30 October 2009
Author: secondtake from United States

I Confess (1953)

This is one of Hitchcock's darkest films, and one of the best for seamless believability--it lacks some of the breaks from verisimilitude that bigger hits like Psycho and Vertigo famously use. It also has the incomparable Montgomery Clift, who took intensity to new heights as the first in a series of great method actors in the 1950s. He really wasn't a Hitchcock kind of actor (the director liked the artifice and changeability of a Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart much more), but he makes the film what it is, and Hitchcock surely knew it, and made the most of it. When the camera (in the hand of Robert Burks) sweeps up to a full screen view of Clift's face and you see those glowing, brooding eyes, you fall under their collective spell. Yeah, it's great stuff.

The plot is pretty simple and amazing--a priest (Clift) learns something in a confession that come to haunt him in unexpected and very threatening ways. Hitchcock manages to push the envelope a little, as usual, in this case by having an illicit-seeming sexual affair be one of the keys to the plot. This implication naturally complicates the priest's life, but during the main plot of the movie and in a cheery flashback for backstory. Anne Baxter, the principled, strong woman (also not a Hitchcock forte) is terrific throughout, terrific the way Ingrid Bergman was in Notorious. Unlike most of Hitchcock's output, there is essentially no comic relief here, and the light and camera-work are equally dark--and truly gorgeous.

The French New Wave directors really admired this particular film of Hitchcock's, and you can see why. But it is also just a great, fast, distressing American melodrama set in France. It's not sensational, but it is spectacular, one of my favorites among many by this odd, brilliant auteur.

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