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I Confess (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 28 February 1953 (USA)
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A priest, who comes under suspicion for murder, cannot clear his name without breaking the seal of the confessional.

Director:

Alfred Hitchcock

Writers:

George Tabori (screen play), William Archibald (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Father Michael Logan
Anne Baxter ... Ruth Grandfort
Karl Malden ... Inspector Larrue
Brian Aherne ... Willy Robertson
O.E. Hasse ... Otto Keller (as O. E. Hasse)
Roger Dann Roger Dann ... Pierre Grandfort
Dolly Haas ... Alma Keller
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Father Millars
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Storyline

Otto Keller and his wife Alma work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Québec City, Québec. While robbing a house where he sometimes works as a gardener, Otto is caught and kills the owner. Racked with guilt, he heads back to the church where Father Michael Logan is working late. Otto confesses his crime, but when the police begin to suspect Father Logan, he cannot reveal what he has been told in the confession. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Crushed lips don't talk... See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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USA | Canada

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Release Date:

28 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alfred Hitchcock's 'I Confess!' See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although William Archibald and George Tabori, who are credited on-screen, were hired to collaborate on the script, Barbara Keon, who is listed on-screen as Production Associate, worked with Sir Alfred Hitchcock on some of the difficult scenes. See more »

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While Ruth waits for her husband beside the door of the city council, a thin old man enters and walks until the desk and then disappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Otto Keller: I have abused your kindness. You who gave my wife and me a home - even friendship, so wonderful a thing for a refugee, a German, a man without a home.
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Connections

Referenced in Northern Exposure: Old Tree (1993) See more »

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Dies Irae
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User Reviews

 
The new DVD is excellent.
24 December 2004 | by jgeppersonSee all my reviews

This may not be one of Hitchcock's greatest movies, but it's still a great film, since it was made by the master, who somehow managed to survive beautifully in Hollywood for many years. It contains many of his favorite things: lamps, the backs of people's heads, bedposts, ladies pacing in front of mantelpieces, obvious symbolism, architecture, performing arts halls, etc. More somber in tone than most Hitchcock thrillers, it should not be missed by any Hitchcock fan.

Nor by any Montgomery Clift fan. At one point Clift is juxtaposed against a statue of Christ dragging his cross, taunted by soldiers. This could be the impishly sadistic Hitchcock poking fun at the "plugged-up" persona that Clift was developing for himself, but Clift is nevertheless excellent as the brooding, sensitive priest trapped by his own devotional vows. And of course he's physically beautiful: the hair, the eyes, the eyebrows.

Less effective, although she has her moments, is Anne Baxter who was a replacement for a European actress. It's too bad, because it's hard to buy Baxter as the luscious Hitchcock blonde. Her hairdo is awful (well, it was 1953, so it's not entirely her fault)and she does that line reading that she does in every movie, including "All About Eve," where each line fades to a whisper, or starts as a whisper and stays that way. Once you become aware of it, you can't not notice it! She does, however, have at least one great Orry-Kelly dress and the way she snaps "Yes" at her husband was worth a rollback for a second viewing.

The new DVD is excellent. It has a little documentary which is enjoyable, if you can stand Peter Bogdanovich doing his Hitchcock impersonation. Hitchcock's daughter is also in the documentary. It's amazing how she seems to not really understand what her father was up to sub-textually, but she continues to enjoy his success.


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