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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.


Ken Annakin


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


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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Release Date:

4 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Främlingen i natten See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the "75 Most Wanted" films listed by the British Film Institute as "Missing, believed lost". Although it was released on DVD in 2013, there are no prints or negatives in the archive. See more »

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If noir is your niche, please don't spend all day at the beach
11 August 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This one started with such promise. A man is walking along a crude path from a hilltop to the beach. He is encountered by an old salt who warns him about the dangerous path. He comes to a cottage, but when he hears the door opening he hides, the man leaving the house looks around, has as a smoke, and goes up the path to the top of the hill. When he is out of sight a man's scream rings out. What a great and mysterious set up. Don't get your hopes up, because it is all downhill or treading water from there.

So the next setting is daylight in a beachside amusement park. The man who was hiding in the bushes is asking for a job, (Derek Farr as Jim Medway), but he seems more like he is pumping his old acquaintance for information about two murders the night before. What follows is Medway going to businessman William Hartnell, telling him that he killed his wife (she was the one Medway was going to see at the cottage), but he will tell the police that Hartnell did it because he knows Hartnell was having an affair with his wife. There were plenty of reasons for Hartnell to kill her - Hartnell is married, he didn't want the affair exposed, etc. And Hartnell WAS there. He was the guy leaving the house as Medway approached. Then Medway does what anybody does who threatens a man with lots of power who isn't afraid of violence. He spends a day frolicking at the beach! There is so much going on here it really blunts the power of the story because it has nothing to do with the story and just looks weird in a noir. Medway meets up with a girl who has her own problems - completely non criminal ones. Then there is Hartnell, who to be such a big powerful man of action, really does nothing but pace back and forth in his big office smoking heavily. Peter Lorre is Hartnell's friend who offers to kill Medway and make it look like an accident, and their relationship seems odd. Lorre acts like he looks forward to killing....ANYBODY! And he hovers over Hartnell like he is a little bit in love with him and the sentiment seems to be returned.

The last fifteen minutes or so make it almost worth it, but in the meantime you'll just be asking yourself "Where IS this thing going?".

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