Full Confession

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Full Confession
Full Confession film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Robert Sisk
Written by Jerome Cady (screenplay)
Leo Birinski (story)
Starring Victor McLaglen
Sally Eilers
Barry Fitzgerald
Joseph Calleia
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • September 8, 1939 (1939-09-08)
Running time
78 mins
Country United States
Language English

Full Confession is a 1939 is a US crime drama film made by RKO Radio Pictures. It was directed by John Farrow from an adaptation by Jerome Cady of Leo Birinski's story. The film stars Victor McLaglen, Sally Eilers, Barry Fitzgerald and Joseph Calleia.


Pat McGinnis (Victor McLaglen) murders a policeman and escapes by committing a more minor crime, for which he is arrested and jailed. An innocent man, Michael O'Keefe (Barry Fitzgerald), is convicted of the murder and sentenced to death. While delirious after an injury, McGinnis confesses to priest Father Loma (Joseph Calleia). Loma, whose flock includes McGinnis's girlfriend Molly Sullivan (Sally Eilers) as well as the O'Keefe clan, struggles to find a way to save O'Keefe without violating the sanctity of confession. He must convince McGinnis to give himself up.



Full Confession is often regarded as a semi-remake of John Ford's The Informer (1935) starring the same leading man, Victor McLaglen.[1]


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