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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 will loan him what he needs. But circumstances indicate he has stolen all of the money, so she clouts him on the head, killing him. She then learns he didn't steal the money, digs it up and donates it to an orphanage,... 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 Damitrof walks out of his swanky new apartment, camera crew and crowd of on-lookers is reflected in glass door. See more »

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Johnny: Well, gambling is a gamble.
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Cleo Moore holds her own against the men
1 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"One Girl's Confession" (1953) is Cleo Moore's movie, and she's remarkable in it. Writer-director-actor Hugo Haas scores by again giving us a story in which the female is the center of the film, reminding us of the strong roles played by such as Stanwyck, Davis and Crawford. Haas's heroines are the likes of Cleo Moore (7 films) and Beverly Michaels (2 films). His leads are strong women who are tough because they have to be, in order to survive on their own in a world of men.

In this film, Moore contends with a boss who cheated her father and groping patrons of the restaurant run by Haas. She is by no means an easy target for fisherman Glenn Langan, and it's all she can do to trust the kindly but ruinously gambling Haas.

Moore's character has a keen eye for opportunity and the dollar, even serving jail time as a paying proposition. She calculates, but we admire this aspect of her intelligence. She wittily fends off advances. When disappointments strike her, we feel them too. Time and again she softens and we see she's tough with a good heart. Moore holds her own against not only the men but also such real-life competitors as Monroe and Mansfield, each having her own niche. Moore's screen persona receives our empathy. The camera may linger on her and she may be fitted out with attractive but simple clothes, but she's not boisterous, silly or flirtatious. She doesn't flaunt sex. It's her quiet radiance and self-control, her strength, that capture us as much as her beauty.

The story is very good, with plenty of twists that hold our attention. It stands up very well indeed after 64 years.


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