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
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In his interview with François Truffaut, Sir Alfred Hitchcock said he was so impressed with the performance of Anita Björk in Miss Julie (1951), that he hired her for this movie. However, when she arrived in Hollywood, Björk brought her lover, Writer Stig Dagerman, and their baby daughter. Since they were not married, Warner Brothers insisted that Hitchcock find another actress for the role of Ruth Grandfort, in this case, Anne Baxter. See more »
When the Inspector first comes to take Father Logan to the police station, the distance that the sliding door is opened changes between shots. See more »
The honorable member has used every known clich except perhaps "curb your dog, keep your city clean."
Equal salary for female schoolteachers would bring disaster to our whole economy.
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An Alfred Hitchcock film with very little action or suspense, this moral issue- drama still maintains interest for the most part. Montgomery Clift is intriguing as "Father William Logan," a Catholic priest from Quebec who hears a murder confession, is charged with the crime himself, and never wavers from his vow to keep confessions private.
The question Hitchcock apparently poses with this is is, "Is that still morally right when it means you leave a killer out on the loose?"
Complicating the matter is an old girlfriend, played by Anne Baxter, who still loves the priest. However, once again the cleric remains true to his vows and doesn't get involved with her.
Karl Malden, meanwhile, plays a gung-ho cop out to solve the crime.
This movie could use a little more suspense and action, plus a bit of the old Hitchcock humor, but still is more than passable.
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