7.3/10
1,034
27 user 5 critic

Confession (1937)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 28 August 1937 (USA)
Aging down on her luck cabaret singer murders a respectable composer. On trial she slowly gives in and explains her crime. They had a complicated history.

Director:

Joe May

Writers:

Hans Rameau (original screenplay), Julius J. Epstein (English adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mandalay (1934)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Abandoned by her lover, a woman becomes the main "hostess" in a decadent nightclub, but tries to put her past behind her on a steamer to Mandalay.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Warner Oland
Guilty Hands (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A district attorney commits the perfect murder when he kills his daughter's womanizing fiancé and then tries framing the fiancé's lover.

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Lionel Barrymore
Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Kay Francis, Madge Evans
Jewel Robbery (1932)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A gentleman thief charms a Viennese baron's wife and also conducts a daring daylight robbery of a jewellers.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Helen Vinson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A terminally ill woman and a debonair murderer facing execution meet and fall in love on a trans-Pacific crossing, each without knowing the other's secret.

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: William Powell, Kay Francis, Frank McHugh
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A theatrical star abruptly leaves England to escape her secret past, while a newspaper reporter follows her trail to America to get the scoop.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Paul Lukas
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

Director: William Keighley
Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Ian Hunter
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The vacationing head of a successful shoe company is placed as his rival's trustee, unbeknown to them.

Director: John G. Adolfi
Stars: George Arliss, Bette Davis, Theodore Newton
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Lillian relentlessly attempts to seduce a married man.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Jean Harlow, Chester Morris, Lewis Stone
Certificate: Passed Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It is the World War I period, and Peggy Martin, a showgirl and mistress to London Fiske, marries her love, handsome Monte Van Tyle. They move into the house on 56th street and have a baby, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Gene Raymond
Libel (1959)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A shell-shocked World War II veteran with memory problems is accused of being an impostor by a former comrade.

Director: Anthony Asquith
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Olivia de Havilland, Paul Massie
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Story of a Depression-downtrodden waif who uses her brains instead of her body to rise from tyro con artist to crime boss.

Directors: Ray Enright, Lucien Hubbard
Stars: Joan Blondell, Chester Morris, Allen Jenkins
Midnight Mary (1933)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An abused orphan sinks into a life of crime.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Loretta Young, Franchot Tone, Ricardo Cortez
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Vera Kowalska
Ian Hunter ... Leonide Kirow
Basil Rathbone ... Michael Michailow
Jane Bryan ... Lisa Koslov
Donald Crisp ... Presiding Judge
Mary Maguire ... Hildegard
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Koslov
Laura Hope Crews ... Stella
Robert Barrat ... Prosecuting Attorney
Ben Welden ... Defense Attorney
Veda Ann Borg ... Xenia
Joan Valerie ... Wanda (as Helen Valkis)
Edit

Storyline

It's 1930 in a European metropolis. Lisa Koslov, a young, innocent woman, is a student of piano at the city's music conservatory. She is without her mother for a few days for the first time in her life, her mother, out of town on family business, who she cannot turn to at this time for advice in dealing with the advances of an older man, who she will learn is famed composer/conductor/pianist Michael Michailow. Despite not feeling that spending time with Michael is the right thing, she is unable to fend off his advances, which he is able to manipulate to his advantage. Lisa is on a night out at a cabaret with Michael when the cabaret's aging singer, Vera Kowalska, spots Lisa and Michael in the audience, Vera who shoots Michael dead before he and Lisa can leave. At Vera's murder trial where Lisa is among the eyewitnesses testifying for the prosecution, Vera readily admits that she shot Michael, but she will not talk otherwise to defend herself by providing justifying reasons for her ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 August 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Hour of Romance See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$513,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to studio records, producer Henry Blanke wanted Bette Davis for the lead in this film, and wanted Warner Baxter for the role played by Basil Rathbone. See more »

Goofs

The date on the Warsaw Opera House playbill is Wednesday, February 12, 1912. That day was actually a Monday. See more »

Quotes

Vera Kowalska: What do you all want of me? I killed him. Sentence me.
See more »

Connections

Remake of Mazurka (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata in A, K.331
(1783?) (uncredited)
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Played on piano in part by Basil Rathbone (piano dubbed by Max Rabinowitz)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Lesson In Natural Acting.
30 July 2000 | by bbibsboySee all my reviews

This Kay Francis film is a textbook on how to act in a natural manner, even for the minor characters. The dialogue, expressions of the actors, direction and camera work make this little film a true gem. Note that there is no obscene language, nudity or violence for its own sake, and yet the message is very powerful and memorable. Perhaps someday a farsighted film company will come along and make films like this once again so that serious subjects can be viewed and absorbed by the whole family.


15 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed