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True Confession (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 24 December 1937 (USA)
A lawyer defends his wife, a pathological liar, in a murder trial.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Louis Verneuil (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Lombard ... Helen Bartlett
Fred MacMurray ... Kenneth Bartlett
John Barrymore ... Charley Jasper
Una Merkel ... Daisy McClure
Porter Hall ... Mr. Hartman
Edgar Kennedy ... Darsey
Lynne Overman ... Bartender
Irving Bacon ... The Coroner
Fritz Feld ... Krayler's Butler
Richard Carle ... Judge
John T. Murray ... Otto Krayler
Tom Dugan ... McDougall (as Tommy Dugan)
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Tony Krauch
Toby Wing ... Suzanne Baggart
Hattie McDaniel ... Ella
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Storyline

Helen and Ken are a pretty strange couple. She is a pathological liar, and he is a scrupulously honest (and therefore unsuccessful) lawyer. Helen starts a new job, and when her employer is found dead, all the (circumstantial) evidence points at her. She is put on trial for murder, and her husband defends her. He thinks she is lying again when she says she didn't do it, and insists she plead that she did, but in self defense. Charlie, a shady, odd character who may or may not know something about what really happened, hangs around the courtroom and jail making rude comments and noises. After Helen is acquitted, he tries to blackmail them. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La folle confession See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was never televised until many years afterward. It was released on DVD 4 April 2006 as part of Universal's Carole Lombard: The Glamour Collection, as a single 5 August 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and again 17 May 2016 as part of the Universal Hollywood Icons: Carole Lombard Collection. Since that time it's also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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Daisy McClure: Helen, if you think you can hold down a job six days a week without Ken knowing it...
Helen Bartlett: It's five days a week.
Daisy McClure: Well, all right, five. I still say that...
Helen Bartlett: And 50 dollars a week. And three hours a day. And guess what I am.
Daisy McClure: No, thanks.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Carole Lombard (1961) See more »

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True Confession
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Not the Best Screwball Comedy, but Makes Laugh
23 December 2013 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The aspirant writer Helen Bartlett (Carole Lombard) and her husband, the lawyer Kenneth "Ken" Bartlett (Fred MacMurray) are facing financial difficulties, since Helen is a mediocre writer and compulsive liar and Ken is an ethical and honest lawyer and can not find clients. Ken does not want that Helen works, but she secretly accepts the job of secretary to work with her father's friend Otto Krayler (John T. Murray) having a high salary for a few working hours a day. However, she is lured by Krayler that harasses her and she leaves his apartment. Helen summons her best friend Daisy McClure (Una Merkel) to go with her to retrieve her coat and purse from the apartment. But Krayler is found dead and Helen becomes the prime suspect of the police. Ken believes that his wife killed Krayler to defend her honor in self-defense and he defends her in court. After the trial, Helen is blackmailed by the weird Charles "Charley" Jasper (John Barrymore).

"True Confession" is not the best screwball comedy, but makes laugh. The story is dated and Helen Bartlett is not a bright character, with silly and stupid attitudes that are funny, but not intelligent jokes. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Confissão de Mulher" ("Confession of Woman")


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