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True Confession (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 24 December 1937 (USA)
A lawyer defends his wife, a pathological liar, in a murder trial.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Claude Binyon (screenplay), Louis Verneuil (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Lombard ... Helen Bartlett
Fred MacMurray ... Kenneth Bartlett
John Barrymore ... Charley Jasper
Una Merkel ... Daisy McClure
Porter Hall ... Mr. Hartman
Edgar Kennedy ... Darsey
Lynne Overman ... Bartender
Irving Bacon ... The Coroner
Fritz Feld ... Krayler's Butler
Richard Carle ... Judge
John T. Murray ... Otto Krayler
Tom Dugan ... McDougall (as Tommy Dugan)
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Tony Krauch
Toby Wing ... Suzanne Baggart
Hattie McDaniel ... Ella
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Helen and Ken are a pretty strange couple. She is a pathological liar, and he is a scrupulously honest (and therefore unsuccessful) lawyer. Helen starts a new job, and when her employer is found dead, all the (circumstantial) evidence points at her. She is put on trial for murder, and her husband defends her. He thinks she is lying again when she says she didn't do it, and insists she plead that she did, but in self defense. Charlie, a shady, odd character who may or may not know something about what really happened, hangs around the courtroom and jail making rude comments and noises. After Helen is acquitted, he tries to blackmail them. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Trivia

Eleanor Fisher (who played the 'Reporter') won her part in this film after being crowned 'Miss Typical America' in a nationwide competition. At the time of the announcement she appeared in a number of high profile advertisements for Maybelline cosmetics. It was her only film role. See more »

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Quotes

Charles "Charley" Jasper: You bore me. Fill my glass.
George: Yeah, where's your money?
Charles "Charley" Jasper: What is money? Pathetic scraps of metal, paper crawling with germs. Fill my glass.
George: Yeah, as soon as you toss a few germs my way.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Fred MacMurray (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

True Confession
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Carole's worst starring vehicle
10 October 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

What a mess this thing is! Both lead characters are fools and irritating in the bargain. Carole's native intelligence shines through which actually weakens the movie since it reminds you that a woman obviously this smart would never do things so stupid. Fred's part is a dullard simp and even he would never believe the ridiculous things his wife comes up with. John Barrymore, or rather what's left of him at this point, is beyond hammy with another character that makes no sense. The only bright spot is Una Merkel who gives a sprightly, cute performance of the only person in the picture who seems like she would actually exist. Aside from her the movie is a dog.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La folle confession See more »

Company Credits

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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