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Een vrouw met fantasie (1937)

True Confession (original title)
A lawyer defends his wife, a pathological liar, in a murder trial.

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Wesley Ruggles

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Claude Binyon (screenplay), Louis Verneuil (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Lombard ... Helen Bartlett
Fred MacMurray ... Kenneth Bartlett
John Barrymore ... Charley Jasper
Una Merkel ... Daisy McClure
Porter Hall ... Mr. Hartman
Edgar Kennedy ... Darsey
Lynne Overman ... Bartender
Irving Bacon ... The Coroner
Fritz Feld ... Krayler's Butler
Richard Carle ... Judge
John T. Murray ... Otto Krayler
Tom Dugan ... McDougall (as Tommy Dugan)
Garry Owen Garry Owen ... Tony Krauch
Toby Wing ... Suzanne Baggart
Hattie McDaniel ... Ella
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Storyline

Helen and Ken are a pretty strange couple. She is a pathological liar, and he is a scrupulously honest (and therefore unsuccessful) lawyer. Helen starts a new job, and when her employer is found dead, all the (circumstantial) evidence points at her. She is put on trial for murder, and her husband defends her. He thinks she is lying again when she says she didn't do it, and insists she plead that she did, but in self defense. Charlie, a shady, odd character who may or may not know something about what really happened, hangs around the courtroom and jail making rude comments and noises. After Helen is acquitted, he tries to blackmail them. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Een vrouw met fantasie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. However, because of legal complications, this particular title was not included in the original television package and was never televised until many years afterward. It was released on DVD 4 April 2006 as part of Universal's Carole Lombard: The Glamour Collection, as a single 5 August 2014 as part of the Universal Vault Series, and again 17 May 2016 as part of the Universal Hollywood Icons: Carole Lombard Collection. Since that time it's also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »

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Quotes

Charles "Charley" Jasper: Whether you killed Krayler or whether you didn't you'll look very pretty-fried.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Carole Lombard (1961) See more »

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True Confession
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
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Great Lombard at Her Best!
17 January 2012 | by SylSee all my reviews

Carole Lombard plays Helen Bartlett, an aspiring writer, who is married to Ken Bartlett (played by Fred McMurray who was her co-star in other films). Her husband Ken is an aspiring and struggling lawyer. Una Merkel plays her best friend, Daisy. Hattie McDaniel has a small part as Ella towards the end of the film. John Barrymore is Charles Jasper. Anyway, Helen decides to earn extra money as a secretary to wealthy Otto Kraler. Things don't go as planned when she realizes his true motives. Otto is discovered murdered in his home and Helen is the prime suspect. Despite the obvious misunderstandings, Lombard makes you believe in her character despite the craziness of it all. I found the story to be somewhat weak in some parts. I never thought a murder could be turned into comedic terms. Anyway if you love Lombard in her slapstick comedy, you'll love and appreciate her in this film.


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