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Double Confession (1950)

When his wife is murdered, the husband tries to divert suspicion from himself to someone else. Unfortunately, his scheme winds up getting him mixed up with some real murderers.

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Ken Annakin

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John Garden (novel), William Templeton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek Farr ... Jim Medway
Joan Hopkins Joan Hopkins ... Ann Corday
Peter Lorre ... Paynter
William Hartnell ... Charlie Durham
Naunton Wayne ... Inspector Tenby
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Hilary Boscombe
Kathleen Harrison ... Kate
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Leonard
Edward Rigby ... The Fisherman
George Woodbridge ... Sgt. Sawnton
Henry Edwards ... Man in the Shelter
Mona Washbourne ... Fussy Mother
Jennifer Cross Jennifer Cross ... Fussy Mother's Child
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Madam Zilia
Esma Cannon ... Madam Cleo
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When his wife is murdered, the husband tries to divert suspicion from himself to someone else. Unfortunately, his scheme winds up getting him mixed up with some real murderers.

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A New British Suspense Story! EXCITING! ROMANTIC! THRILLING! See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Främlingen i natten See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Rare British Film Noir
4 October 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

Despite seeing many British 1940s/50s films. this was the first time I had seen "Double Confession".The cast reads like a veritable whose who of well known actors/actresses working in 1950.I have seen Derek Farr playing very anodyne parts in films like "Quiet Wedding" (1941) & its companion film "Quiet Weekend" (1946) but given the right casting he could turn on his thespian power playing the lead in this film.Ronald Howard (who plays the newspaper editor) was 32 when he made this film and looks every inch his father's son.His father being of course the great actor Leslie Howard.Naunton Wayne (in one of his outings without Basil Radford - Charters & Caldicott) plays the police inspector who actually drinks whiskey while on duty!Another film Naunton played solo in 1950 was "Highly Dangerous" with Margaret Lockwood.Kathleen Harrison plays her usual working class role seemingly trying to "pick up" Leslie Dwyer on the beach.Edward Rigby adds his usual colourful local accented character.The only surprise to me was Joan Hopkins whom Derek Farr befriends at the beach resort.I saw a documentary recently and many women who had illegitimate children felt compelled to renounce motherhood for them and send them off for adoption , if it would have caused a family scandal if they had kept them.Joan plays such a mother agonising over this type of moral dilemma.She does have lovely diction and it is always a pleasure to hear beautifully spoken English which actresses were taught in their drama academies at the time.

Unlike the two previous reviewers, I notice the mass of user ratings on IMDb rated this 7.3/10 which is good and I too rated it 7/10.I agree the plotting is a bit confused and could have done with better editing but I enjoyed this film nevertheless.


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