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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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
Roger Dann Roger Dann ... Pierre Grandfort
Dolly Haas ... Alma Keller
Charles Andre Charles Andre ... Father Millars
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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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If you knew what he knew -- what would you do? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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At the time of filming, Montgomery Clift was drinking heavily, and was either drunk or severely hungover on-set. Anne Baxter said that she found him to be very unresponsive in a lot of their scenes together, something she attributed to his drinking. 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 »

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Pierre Grandfort: The honorable member has used every known clich except perhaps "curb your dog, keep your city clean."
Legislator: Equal salary for female schoolteachers would bring disaster to our whole economy.
Pierre Grandfort: Except to the economy of female schoolteachers.
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Dies Irae
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Hitch Asks Moral Question
8 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

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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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
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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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