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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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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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FILMED IN CANADA'S COLORFUL QUEBEC BY WARNER BROS. (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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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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1.37 : 1
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To prepare for the role, Montgomery Clift spent a week living at a Quebecois monastery. He became friendly with one of the monks there and would often turn to him for advice during filming. See more »

Goofs

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

Fr. Michael William Logan: I never thought of the priesthood as offering a hiding place.
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Referenced in Northern Exposure: Old Tree (1993) See more »

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Veni Creator Spiritus
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Good, not great Hitchcock...
13 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

I Confess is one of those movies that almost reaches the brink of greatness, but just doesn't quite make it. Hitchcock's direction is certainly fine, if not a bit pedestrian. There are no signature scenes that seems to be present in many of his other films (such as the shower scene in Psycho, or the Mount Rushmore chase in North By Northwest). There is a flashback sequence, showing Clift before his character was a priest, that starts off beautifully....the camera is slightly cock-eyed, and Anne Baxter descends the staircase in slow motion, almost flowing down the stairs. However, the rest of the flashback just doesn't live up to the potential established in that first shot. Karl Malden is good as usual. Clift does an okay job in the role of the priest who hears the confession of the murderer. Anne Baxter is very good, and the supporting cast is certainly fine. I have also had a problem with the musical score of this film. Seems that Jack Warner had a standing rule at WB studios, of filling nearly every second of a film's soundtrack with background music. I'm sure Hitchcock and Tiomkin both cringed at this insane policy. Tiomkin DOES provide the film with a beautiful love theme of sorts. I recommend this film, but I don't guarantee that you'll be watching a classic. *** out of ****.


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