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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Father Michael Logan
... Ruth Grandfort
... Inspector Larrue
... Willy Robertson
... Otto Keller (as O. E. Hasse)
Roger Dann ... Pierre Grandfort
... Alma Keller
Charles Andre ... Father Millars
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Storyline

Otto Kellar and his wife Alma work as caretaker and housekeeper at a Catholic church in Quebec. Whilst 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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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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28 February 1953 (USA)  »

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Alfred Hitchcock's 'I Confess!'  »

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$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Hitchcock later admitted that the film (which was a flop on release) was too solemn. He also reckoned that Protestants wouldn't have totally understood the concept of the sanctity of the confessional. See more »

Goofs

When Pierre comes into her bedroom, Ruth sits on the bed with her right arm leaning on the bed. In the next shot her right arm is extended on her right leg. 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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Soundtracks

Love, Look What You've Done To Me
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Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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Forgotten, with a capital F
24 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

"I Confess" is a strong candidate for Hitchcock's most forgotten film. It never gets mentioned in any Hitchcock documentaries or when discussing about his movies. The film doesn't offer the usual amount of excitement or thrilling entertainment than his better known ones ("North by Northwest", for instance). In fact, there isn't much of "real" suspense at all, but well-sketched characters, fine acting performances, and captivating plot development are more than compensating matters.

"I Confess" is a very interesting piece of film making and should be viewed by any Hitchcock fan.


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