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One Girl's Confession (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 April 1953 (USA)
Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has less hair-shirt torment than most of his offerings, although his camera, as usual, ... See full summary »

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Another of the "Fate and Irony" films from director-writer-producer-actor Hugo Haas but this one has less hair-shirt torment than most of his offerings, although his camera, as usual, lingers provocatively on the contours of the leading lady and, in this case, the leading lady is more than well-contoured. Mary Adams works in a tawdry waterfront restaurant where the owner not only maltreats her, he also cheated her father out of a fortune years ago. The owner acquires $25,000 in an illegal transaction, which Mary promptly steals, hides, confesses her crime and serves a short sentence. Freed, she goes to work in a restaurant owned by Dragomie Damitrod and when he gets into trouble over a gambling debt she offers to help him by telling him where the $25,000 is hidden and she will loan him the amount he needs. But circumstances indicate that he has stolen all of the money and she clouts him on the head with a whiskey bottle, apparently killing him. She then learns that he didn't steal the... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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I confess I'm the kind of girl every man wants - but shouldn't marry!

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When Smooch walks out of the building after the late night party, the lighting (sun) on street and behind Mary is the same as it was when Mary arrived in the afternoon. See more »

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Father Benedict: It's none of my business, my child, but that money you took... is cursed money.
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A must-see for fans of noir.
4 March 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Cleo Moore stars as a blonde with a crazy plan. Near the beginning of the film, she robs her boss. He is a jerk and she feels entitled to the money--all $25,000. But, when the cops arrive, she freely admits to the robbery and goes to jail. There, she behaves well and just bides her time--waiting until she can get out and claim the money after the heat's subsided.

Three years pass. She gets out early on good behavior and continues to bide her time. Eventually, she will have her money and make it all worth while. However, in the meantime, it appears as if one of her new friends has found and stolen this money herself--and she's determined to get that money or revenge. However, there are some dandy twists that make it well worth seeing at the end of the movie.

Overall, a clever script and one of the better film noir B-movies. Moore is excellent as a 'dame' and the film is a must-see for noir fans. Fortunately, this film is now out on DVD along with another little-known noir film, NIGHT EDITOR.

By the way, this film features an appearance by one of my favorite TV actors of the 50s-70s, Burt Mustin. He alone is more than enough reason to see anything--even a tiny appearance like in this movie.


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