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Confession (1937)





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German director Joe May brought a decidedly Teutonic ambience to his American film Confession--no surprise, since the film was based on the 1935 German production Mazurka. Kay Francis plays a onetime singer who confesses to the murder of her pianist, Basil Rathbone. In flashback, we learn that Rathbone had been responsible for the breakup of Francis's marriage. Years later, Rathbone came back into her life, this time with the intention of seducing Ms. Francis' grown daughter (Jane Bryan). In a variation of Madame X, Francis was stuck with the dilemma of deflecting Rathbone from his "mission"--and of keeping her true identity secret from her daughter. Prior to Mazurka, the Hans Rameau story upon which Confession was based had been filmed as a silent picture starring Gloria Swanson.


Kay Francis
as Vera Kowalska
Basil Rathbone
as Michael Michailow
Ian Hunter
as Leonide Kilrow
Jane Bryan
as Lisa Koslov
Donald Crisp
as Presiding Judge
Mary Maguire
as Hildegard
Dorothy Peterson
as Mrs. Koslov
Robert H. Barrat
as Prosecuting Attorney
Ben Welden
as Defense attorney
Michael Mark
as Russian Interpreter
Sam Rice
as Man at Station
Al Lloyd
as Man at Station
Perc Teeple
as Man at Station
Jack Richardson
as Man at Station
Lyle Moraine
as Usher at Theatre
Ferdinand Munier
as Bald Man at Theatre
Peggy Keys
as Autograph Fan
Jewell Jordan Mason
as Autograph Fan
Sam Ash
as Waiter
Edward Keane
as Cabaret manager
Dawn Bender
as Lisa as a Baby
Janet Shaw
as Actress Friend
Jody Gilbert
as Actress Friend
Evelyn Mulhall
as Actress Friend
Symona Boniface
as Actress Friend
Elsa Peterson
as Actress Friend
Edward Price
as Actor Friend
Jeffrey Sayre
as Actor Friend
John Mather
as Actor Friend
Lane Chandler
as Actor Friend
John Davidson
as Actor Friend
Maurice Brierre
as Actor Friend
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If the role of the unhappy Russian opera star in Confession is intended as a consolation prize to the star for losing the Grand Duchess Tatiana part in Tovarich, I'm afraid it won't do much to take her mind off her grievance.

October 9, 2019 | Full Review…

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