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Confession (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 August 1937 (USA)
Aging down on her luck cabaret singer murders a respectable composer. On trial she slowly gives in and explains her crime. They had a complicated history.

Director:

Joe May

Writers:

Hans Rameau (original screenplay), Julius J. Epstein (English adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Vera Kowalska
Ian Hunter ... Leonide Kirow
Basil Rathbone ... Michael Michailow
Jane Bryan ... Lisa Koslov
Donald Crisp ... Presiding Judge
Mary Maguire ... Hildegard
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Koslov
Laura Hope Crews ... Stella
Robert Barrat ... Prosecuting Attorney
Ben Welden ... Defense Attorney
Veda Ann Borg ... Xenia
Joan Valerie ... Wanda (as Helen Valkis)
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Storyline

It's 1930 in a European metropolis. Lisa Koslov, a young, innocent woman, is a student of piano at the city's music conservatory. She is without her mother for a few days for the first time in her life, her mother, out of town on family business, who she cannot turn to at this time for advice in dealing with the advances of an older man, who she will learn is famed composer/conductor/pianist Michael Michailow. Despite not feeling that spending time with Michael is the right thing, she is unable to fend off his advances, which he is able to manipulate to his advantage. Lisa is on a night out at a cabaret with Michael when the cabaret's aging singer, Vera Kowalska, spots Lisa and Michael in the audience, Vera who shoots Michael dead before he and Lisa can leave. At Vera's murder trial where Lisa is among the eyewitnesses testifying for the prosecution, Vera readily admits that she shot Michael, but she will not talk otherwise to defend herself by providing justifying reasons for her ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Exomologisis See more »

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Budget:

$513,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director Joe May was so determined to make this a close remake of the German film Mazurka (1935) that he kept a print of "Mazurka" on the set and frequently ran sections of it, to the annoyance of the new film's cast. In addition to copying the German original shot-by-shot in many scenes, this film also reuses the original score and songs. See more »

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Remake of Mazurka (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Mazurka
(1935) (uncredited)
from Mazurka (1935)
Music by Peter Kreuder
English lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Basil Rathbone in the concert (piano dubbed by Max Rabinowitz)
Also performed by Kay Francis
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A Lesson In Natural Acting.
30 July 2000 | by bbibsboySee all my reviews

This Kay Francis film is a textbook on how to act in a natural manner, even for the minor characters. The dialogue, expressions of the actors, direction and camera work make this little film a true gem. Note that there is no obscene language, nudity or violence for its own sake, and yet the message is very powerful and memorable. Perhaps someday a farsighted film company will come along and make films like this once again so that serious subjects can be viewed and absorbed by the whole family.


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