True Confession (1937)

WESLEY RUGGLES

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1937Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the play Mon Crime by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Hans Dreier, .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Highly imaginative fiction writer  (in one of her most adorable, zany performances) is married to honest, straight-laced lawyer .  When she decides to supplement their income by taking on an extra job, she winds up walking straight into a murder scene after her boss is killed on her first day.  She’s obviously a suspect, but decides to forgo the evidence exonerating her in favour of claiming to have killed the man in self-defence. The script is a bit spotty, but the direction is reliably paced and the two stars do a fantastic job with the material right through to the end. Lombard is irresistible here, and MacMurray’s exasperation is completely justified every time she spins another one of her tall tales to get herself out of a scrape.

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