True Confession (1937) - Rotten Tomatoes

True Confession (1937)



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Movie Info

A straight arrow lawyer has his hands full when his wife, a habitual liar, implicates herself in a murder she didn't commit. When a blackmailer gets involved, the story becomes more comical and convoluted.


Carole Lombard
as Helen Bartlett
Fred MacMurray
as Kenneth Bartlett
John Barrymore
as Charles "Charley" Jasper
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
Billy O'Brien
as Autograph Hunter
Arthur Lake
as Attendant
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 Artist
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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Critic Reviews for True Confession

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

True Confession is a rather entertaining picture, the various faults or shortcomings of which should not hamper it at the box office.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Although True Confession had a pulpwood sound, it proved yesterday to be a highly polished, smoothly grained Yule log which deserves to crackle right merrily... from now until well after Christmas.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

True Confession is skillfully played and paced, keyed up to the pitch of the dizziest haywire skit. Yet what makes True Confession funnier than most haywire comedies is that as melodrama it could be just as effective.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

True Confession is a first-class human story, and Its drama Is set oil by a background of delightfully whimsical humor.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

True Confession is a delightfully humorous film with some dull patches.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…

Invention flags latterly, with a particularly weak ending, but the performances are wonderful, not least Barrymore as the ghoulishly bizarre killer.

May 5, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for True Confession


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.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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