Double Confession

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Double Confession
"Double Confession" (1950).jpg
Directed by Ken Annakin
Produced by Harry Reynolds
Screenplay by William Templeton
Starring Derek Farr
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Geoffrey Unsworth
Edited by Carmen Belaieff
Production
company
Harry Reynolds Productions (as A Harry Reynolds Production)
Distributed by ABPC (U.K.)
Release date
1 May 1950
Running time
80 mins
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £102,299 (UK)[1]

Double Confession is a 1950 British crime film directed by Ken Annakin and starring Derek Farr, Joan Hopkins, William Hartnell and Peter Lorre.[2] The screenplay, written by William Templeton, is based on the book All On A Summer's Day by HLV Fletcher, written under the pen name "John Garden".[3]

Double Confession was missing from the BFI National Archive, and is included on the British Film Institute's list of "75 Most Wanted".[4] In February 2013, a restored edition was released on DVD by Renown Pictures in the UK.[5]

Plot[edit]

Arriving late one night in the seaside town of Seagate, Jim Medway (Derek Farr) heads for his estranged wife’s isolated coastal cottage. En route, he sees crooked businessman Charlie Durham (William Hartnell) running away down the precarious pathway. When Jim enters the cottage, he discovers his wife's corpse. With the awareness that his wife had been having an affair with Charlie, Jim embarks on attempts to blackmail the rich entrepreneur or frame him for murder. However, Charlie's sinister homicidal sidekick Paynter (Peter Lorre) is out to protect his boss by arranging a little accident for Jim. Meanwhile, Inspector Tenby (Naunton Wayne) slowly gathers clues to solve the mystery, convinced there is a less obvious culprit.

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Critical reception[edit]

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther commented, "it rambles around in maddening fashion for what seems interminable hours while Naunton Wayne as a deadpanned detective tries to figure out who killed whom...It is all very odd and disconnected, especially when Peter Lorre pops in from time to time to behave like a degenerate and offer to kill anybody in the house";[6] while more recently Allmovie wrote, "The presence of Peter Lorre assured a modicum of American business for the British meller Double Confession...Lorre's role is largely peripheral, but he does supply a few moments of genuine menace";[7] while Sky Movies wrote, "Director Ken Annakin showed in an earlier film, Holiday Camp, that he liked to be beside the seaside. But, in this superior crime drama, he makes the resort of `Seagate' appear a very sinister place indeed. The whodunnit plot benefits enormously from Peter Lorre's almost apologetic menace";[8] and The Digital Fix concluded, "it’s an excellent piece of work. Tightly constructed, exceptionally well-performed and with a wonderful sense of place, Double Confession deserves to find an enthusiastic audience."[9]

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