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The Lady Confesses (1945)

An estranged wife shows up after a nearly 7 year disappearance to prevent her husband from marrying his new love, and someone kills her.

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

Irwin Franklyn (original story) (as Irwin R. Franklin), Helen Martin (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Beth Hughes ... Vicki McGuire
Hugh Beaumont ... Larry Craig
Edmund MacDonald ... Lucky Brandon
Claudia Drake ... Lucille Compton
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Police Capt. Brown
Barbara Slater ... Norma Craig
Edward Howard ... Detective Harmon
Dewey Robinson ... Steve
Carol Andrews Carol Andrews ... Margie
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Storyline

Shortly before she is to be married, a young woman gets a visit from her fiance's wife, who had been missing for seven years and presumed dead. Soon both the girl and her fiance find themselves mixed up with a crooked nightclub owner, gangsters and murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

I CONFESS! I PLAYED AT LOVE BUT MURDER WAS MY BUSINESS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Night See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Thursday 24 March 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles Friday 23 December 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

Quotes

Police Capt. Brown: He had a perfect alibi: TOO perfect.
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Featured in Crime Wave: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

It's All Your Fault
Written by Cindy Walker
Sung by Claudia Drake (uncredited)
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A Lip-smacking good cheapie
5 November 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This film makes "Detour," also released through PRC, look like "How Green Was My Valley." Yes, it's THAT cheap and phony looking. Yet, the performers are good and the plot has cool twists.

I loved seeing Mary Beth Hughes as a lead. She got third or fifth billing in so many better known noirs. At PRC, she was the leading lady she could be.

Hugh Beaumont is fine as her boyfriend with a past. The scenes of him and other men in silhouette are right off the cover of a dime novel.

The ladies in the movie are all fine. We have Ms. Hughes. Claudia Drake is very effective as a café singer. Much of the action takes place in the joint where she sings: the Club 711. And Barbara Slater is appropriately nasty as Beaumont's wife. She's been gone, thought dead, for seven years and has just reappeared as the story begins.

I have to say, the title makes no sense. No spoilers but I'm not sure why it was chosen. (I see that one of its working titles was "Ladies of the Night." That would have been too controversial. It also would have been too obvious, too blatant. And, again, it would not have really fit.) Also, the print I saw was terrible. I'd have rated it higher had it been restored. And I hope it will be!


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