MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 62,760 this week

The Deadliest Sin (1955)
"Confession" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 January 1956 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 28 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

Director:

Writers:

, (play)
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10000 titles
created 19 Apr 2012
 
a list of 618 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 90 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 100 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 78 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Deadliest Sin (1955)

The Deadliest Sin (1955) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Deadliest Sin.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Two teen girls from a very restrictive Conservative Laestadian faith community, go alone to Helsinki for the first time.

Director: Dome Karukoski
Stars: Marjut Maristo, Amanda Pilke, Malla Malmivaara
Irma la Douce (1963)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In Paris, an ex-cop falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time. Not so easy...

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi
Summer Coda (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hitchhiking home to a family she's never known, Heidi meets Michael. In the stunning orange groves of country Australia, they embark on an adventure, discovering their secrets and lives may be better shared.

Director: Richard Gray
Stars: Rachael Taylor, Alex Dimitriades, Daniel Frederiksen
The Lookout (2012)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A detective hunts for the marksman who foiled the plan to catch a notorious team of bank robbers.

Director: Michele Placido
Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivier Gourmet
Heat Wave (1954)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Sidney James
Valentine's Day (TV Movie 2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Valentine's Day tells the story of Ben Valentine (Rhys Muldoon) who drifts into the small Victorian country town of Rushworth... See full synopsis »

Director: Peter Duncan
Stars: Rhys Muldoon, Michael Tuahine, Anita Hegh
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.8/10 X  

Vera and Vanja, two vampire sisters, are forced to run for their lives, when Vera kills the leader of a biker-gang in a night club. While escaping from the bikers, Vanja gets more ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Pontikis
Stars: Jenny Lampa, Ruth Vega Fernandez, David Dencik
Sans rancune! (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Yves Hanchar
Stars: Milan Mauger, Thierry Lhermitte, Benoît Cauden
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Several murders of nuclear scientists, that baffles Scotland Yard, occur in London about the same time that Bill Locklin, a special officer from the United States State Department, arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes
Stars: Richard Conte, Rona Anderson, Russell Napier
Mamma Gógó (2010)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A film director's personal journey experiencing his mother's disappearance into the Alzheimer disease, a film with essential Fridriksson's ingredients, humour, compassion and strong visual style.

Director: Friðrik Þór Friðriksson
Stars: Kristbjörg Kjeld, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Gunnar Eyjólfsson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A fatal love triangle. Ilias, already sixty years old, returns to his almost deserted village in Greece after thirty years of hard labor in the factories of Germany. He purchases a ... See full summary »

Director: Vasilis Douvlis
Stars: Arto Apartian, Maria Skoula, Artur Luzi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Dreams of fame take Diana from Madrid to Hollywood. She seems to be on the right path when a powerful agent notices her, but he only wants someone for a sham marriage with a secretly gay star.

Director: Bigas Luna
Stars: Elsa Pataky, Peter Coyote, Paul Sculfor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
Mike Nelson
...
Louise Nelson
Jefferson Clifford ...
Pop Nelson
John Bentley ...
Inspector Kessler
Robert Raglan ...
Superintendent Beckman
Pat McGrath ...
Williams
Peter Hammond ...
Alan Poole
John Welsh ...
Father Neil
Richard Huggett ...
Young priest
Betty Wolfe ...
Mrs. Poole
Patrick Allen ...
Corey
Eddie Stafford ...
Photographer
Felix Felton ...
Businessman
Edit

Storyline

A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Door Past Which No Law Could Go See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 January 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Deadliest Sin  »

Box Office

Budget:

£22,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed in 1954. See more »

Connections

Featured in Trailer Cinema (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Lamentation
(uncredited)
Music by Hans May
Harmonic Music Ltd
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"I murdered a man..."
2 July 2004 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

The English director Ken Hughes isn't the most known director in the world, though I seem to have watched three of his movies: "Casino Royale" (he was one of the five directors), "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" and "Terror Eyes" (a.k.a. "Night School", an acceptable American take on the giallo phenomenon). Not that I knew this when I bought my copy of "Confession", which I found in the Extreme Sales section of my local megastore. The movie looked okay enough to spend € 5 on (especially since it used to cost 30), so I bought "Confession". Also the names of Ken Hughes and Audrey Dalton vaguely rang a few bells. Research post-purchase informed me Dalton also starred in "The Monster That Challenged The World" and William Castle's "Mr. Sardonicus". There have been worse references.

"Confession" sounds a bit like Hitchcock's "I Confess" (released two years earlier), in that both movies feature a murder confessed in church and a priest who's bound by catholic law not to reveal what had been confessed. Even more striking is that both movies have been based on plays.

It would be wrong though to see "Confession" as only a copycat of the Hitchcock movie: only the theme is vaguely similar and the plot develops in different directions. For my money, "Confession" is the better film of the two, an incredibly underrated film which isn't easy to obtain (in 1994 Warner Bros released it on video in the UK, but that's the only version I've seen of the film).

The movie starts with a man confessing he's murdered a man. Why he confesses and why just that scene has been used to start the film will only be revealed half an hour later. After the credits we start with a flashback, where we watch how Louise welcomes her brother Mike who returned from a long stay in the US. Mike is portrayed by Sydney Chaplin who had an interesting career which kicked off with a Chaplin movie in 1952 ("Limelight") but ended with trashy horror like "Psycho Sisters" (1974) and "Satan's Cheerleaders" (1977). Why Mike has returned to England isn't quite clear, but he's always been someone who doesn't like to stay in one place for long. Though this time there might be another reason: Mike gets a phone call from somebody who demands his money. It's not long before somebody dies.

"Confession" doesn't work as a whodunit because we know who the murderer is. More interesting here is how all this affects the relationship between Mike and his family members. Equally interesting is the woman Mike meets in a bar (and how rude he is to her), but it's not completely clear to me what the writers tried to establish with these scenes. All in all this is a good movie and it's a shame the movie didn't get a better distribution.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Blonde in the bar aegoss
Discuss The Deadliest Sin (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?