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Full Confession (1939)

Passed | | Crime, Drama | 8 September 1939 (USA)
A Catholic priest by the name of Father Loma must convince a man to step forward to save an innocent man from being sent to the electric chair.


John Farrow


Leo Birinsky (story) (as Leo Birinski), Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)




Complete credited cast:
Victor McLaglen ... Pat McGinnis
Sally Eilers ... Molly Sullivan
Joseph Calleia ... Father Loma
Barry Fitzgerald ... Michael O'Keefe
Elisabeth Risdon ... Norah O'Keefe
Pamela Blake ... Laura Mahoney (as Adele Pearce)
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Frank O'Keefe
John Bleifer John Bleifer ... Weaver
William Haade ... Moore
George Humbert ... Mercantonio


Pat Sullivan has committed a murder and told his priest, Father Loma, about it watches in agony when an innocent man, Michal O'Keefe, is accused of the crime and sentenced to the electric chair on circumstantial evidence. The priest, bound by inviolable sanctity of the confessional, also struggles with the issue of how to save O'Keefe, and keep his religious vows. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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RKO B film with a spiritual message
17 July 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Full Confession is an RKO B film starring Barry Fitzgerald, Victor McLaglen, and Joseph Calleia.

Pat Sullivan (McLaglen) commits a murder, but another man, Michael O'Keefe (Fitzgerald) is accused of it.

Pat goes to prison for robbery and eventually is released. When he becomes ill and believes he's about to die, he confesses to Father Loma (Calleia).

When he doesn't die, the priest, close to the O'Keefe family as well as Pat, begs him to admit his crime. Because of the seal of confession, the priest himself can't turn him in.

Pat refuses; he has no intention of returning to prison and he wants to marry the woman who stood by him (Sally Eilers).

Good movie especially if you're a Catholic and religious. Its message is powerful no matter what you believe.

The film, directed by John Farrow, looks Expressionist.

Very well done.

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8 September 1939 (USA) See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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