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Double Confession (1950)

When his wife is murdered, the husband tries to divert suspicion from himself to someone else. Unfortunately, his scheme winds up getting him mixed up with some real murderers.

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Ken Annakin

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John Garden (novel), William Templeton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Farr ... Jim Medway
Joan Hopkins Joan Hopkins ... Ann Corday
Peter Lorre ... Paynter
William Hartnell ... Charlie Durham
Naunton Wayne ... Inspector Tenby
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Hilary Boscombe
Kathleen Harrison ... Kate
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Leonard
Edward Rigby ... The Fisherman
George Woodbridge ... Sgt. Sawnton
Henry Edwards ... Man in the Shelter
Mona Washbourne ... Fussy Mother
Jennifer Cross Jennifer Cross ... Fussy Mother's Child
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Madam Zilia
Esma Cannon ... Madam Cleo
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When his wife is murdered, the husband tries to divert suspicion from himself to someone else. Unfortunately, his scheme winds up getting him mixed up with some real murderers.

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One THRILL-PACKED day that changed the Lives of EIGHT people! See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Främlingen i natten See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Watch it for the cast...
27 February 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

DOUBLE CONFESSION is a once-lost British slice of film noir, filmed in the coastal resort of Bexhill-on-Sea. The film itself is only partially successful, featuring a very bland and undistinguished leading man in Derek Farr, and is also quite badly written with lots of extraneous sub-plots to pad out the running time. But it also has one of the most wonderful casts in a film from this era.

The general vibe here is BRIGHTON ROCK, although there's also a murder mystery aspect to the story as Farr attempts to solve a dual murder: that of his wife, and another chap who happened to fall from a cliff at virtually the same time. Sadly the premise is confusing, mainly because the second cliff-top murder isn't actually shown, and things don't become clear until the very end. The female cast also fare badly, engaged in bland sub-plots that merely slow the pacing down.

Still, there are some good set-pieces here and there, not least an attack by speedboat that bears some stylistic similarities to the famous crop-duster attack in NORTH BY NORTHWEST - maybe Hitch got inspiration from this? The rousing climax is also worth waiting for, but the main reason to watch this is the supporting cast which is absolutely packed with familiar faces. William Hartnell and Peter Lorre make a fine tag-team as the villains, but that's only the start. There's Ronald Howard as a journalist, George Woodbridge as a copper, Leslie Dwyer as a random guy enjoying himself at the beach, and the wonderful comic actor Naunton Wayne (THE LADY VANISHES) as the investigating detective. There are also bit parts for future faces like CARRY ON actors Peter Butterworth and Esma Cannon. All in all a great collection of names which makes DOUBLE CONFESSION well worth a watch.


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