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True Confession (1937)

True Confession





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Carole Lombard stars as Helen Bartlett, a compulsive liar who always tips the audience to an oncoming whopper by sticking her tongue in her cheek. Helen is married to a Kenneth Bartlett, a scrupulously honest lawyer whose integrity has always held him back professionally. Hoping to help Kenneth get ahead, Helen confesses to a murder she obviously didn't commit, confident that he'll get her off and make his reputation. But things don't go exactly as planned, thanks largely to a mysterious eccentric named Charley (John Barrymore), who assures the heroine over and over that she'll "fry." Once considered a prime example of screwball comedy, True Confession is now regarded by film buffs as one of Carole Lombard's worst pictures: it wasn't much better when remade by Betty Hutton in 1946 as Cross My Heart.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Claude Binyon
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Paramount Pictures


Carole Lombard
as Helen Bartlett
Fred MacMurray
as Kenneth Bartlett
John Barrymore
as Charles "Charley" Ja...
Una Merkel
as Daisy McClure
Porter Hall
as Prosecutor
Lynne Overman
as Bartender
Fritz Feld
as Krayler's Butler
John T. Murray
as Otto Krayler
Tom Dugan
as Typewriter Man
Garry Owen
as Tony Krauch
Toby Wing
as Suzanne Baggart
Bernard Suss
as Pedestrian
Pat West
as Juror
Jim Toney
as Juror
Frank Austin
as Caretaker
Irving Bacon
as Coroner
Byron Foulger
as Ballistic expert
Jack Isley
as Policeman
Bradley Metcalfe Jr.
as Autograph Hunter
Wesley Giraud
as Autograph Hunter
Arthur Lake
as Attendant
Billy O'Brien
as Autograph Hunter
Sharon Lewis
as Yvonne Bolero
Carmencita Johnson
as Autograph Hunter
Peggy Montgomery
as Autograph hunter
Rosita Butler
as Autograph Hunter
Beaudine Anderson
as Autograph Hunter
Seesel Ann Johnson
as Autograph Hunter
Charlotte Dabney
as Newspaper Sketch Art...
Wally Maher
as Assistant Prosecutor
C.L. Sherwood
as Door Attendant
Martin Faust
as Door Attendant
Don Roberts
as Court attendant
Gwen Kenyon
as Uncredited
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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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