The Lady Confesses (1945)
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as Larry Brandon
as Vicki McGuire
as Lucky Brandon
as Lucille Compton
as Capt. Brown
as Norma Craig
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Worth watching just for a non-Leave it to Beaver TV performance by Hugh Beaumont! Anyone familiar with the very popular sixties Leave it To Beaver will remember the dad, Hugh Beaumont. Just terrific at only an hour of your time!
But the title baffles me and you can try to explain it to me anytime. Who confesses? Nobody confessed to any crime in this one.
I was held in the grip of this film from the start. That's more than I can say for so many of these noir film classics. Most are so patheticly melodramatic or even foolishly written. Not this one.
See this short clip of the film to wet your appetite:
"Shortly before she is to be married, a young woman gets a visit from her fiance's wife, who had been missing for seven years and presumed dead. Soon both the girl and her fiance find themselves mixed up with a crooked nightclub owner, gangsters and murder."--- Written by firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, this Beaumont is great as, well let us say, actor. He is just the same as the TV series... mild mannered, confident and wise. Don't get mislead by the opening scene where Hugh is drunk as a skunk. He comes to his senses and resumes his professional grade appearance.
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Mary Beth Hughes as Vicki McGuire
Hugh Beaumont as Larry Craig
Edmund MacDonald as Lucky Brandon
Claudia Drake as Lucile Compton
Emmett Vogan as Police Capt. Brown
Barbara Slater as Norma Craig
Edward Howard as Detective Harmon
Dewey Robinson as Steve
Carol Andrews as Margie
Director: Sam Newfield
Writers: Irwin Franklyn (original story), Helen Martin (screenplay)
Cinematography Jack Greenhalgh
Editing by Holbrook N. Todd
Distributed by Producers Releasing Corporation
Release date(s) May 16, 1945
Running time 64 minutes
Minor but appealing whodunit, very low budget but it?s a good story, short, sweet and to the point. Fine pacing. The cast does well. The lighting is quite good. Taut direction by Sam Newfield.
61/100. Minor but appealing whodunit, very low budget but it's a good story, short, sweet and to the point. Fine pacing. The cast does well. The lighting is quite good. Taut direction by Sam Newfield.
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