Full Confession (1939)

75 mins | Drama | 8 September 1939

Director:

John Farrow

Producer:

Robert Sisk

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Harry Marker

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR , this picture was shot on location at Brent's Crags in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. Contemporary reviews described this film as a poor imitation of RKO's 1935 film The Informer. ... More Less

According to a news item in HR , this picture was shot on location at Brent's Crags in the Santa Monica Mountains in California. Contemporary reviews described this film as a poor imitation of RKO's 1935 film The Informer. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
17 Aug 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Sep 39
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 39
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 39
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
23 Aug 39
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jul 39
p. 55.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Aug 39
p. 56.
New York Times
28 Sep 39
p. 29.
Variety
23 Aug 39
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 September 1939
Production Date:
mid June--12 July 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 September 1939
Copyright Number:
LP9170
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5499
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

On Christmas Eve, Pat McGinnis breaks into a store to steal a fur coat for his girl friend, Molly Sullivan. Surprised by watchman Michael O'Keefe, McGinnis knocks the man out, steals his gun and, while making a getaway, shoots and kills a policeman. McGinnis then cunningly has himself committed to jail on a minor offense, thus establishing an alibi in case he is implicated in the murder. A year later, Michael is arrested for drunkenness, and when his fingerprints match those found on the gun, he is charged with the policeman's murder and sentenced to die. Meanwhile, Father Loma, O'Keefe's parish priest, befriends McGinnis at the prison camp. He brings Molly to visit and recommends the rehabilitated prisoner for parole. On the day that his request for parole is denied, McGinnis is injured during a quarrel in the prison yard, and thinking that he is dying, confesses the murder to Father Loma, who saves the convict's life with a transfusion of his own blood. Impressed by the priest's loyalty to the convict, the board grants McGinnis his parole, and upon recovering, he leaves prison a free man. As Michael awaits the day of his execution, Father Loma, bound by his oath to keep McGinnis' secret, hounds the ex-convict to confess to the murder. In frustration, McGinnis strikes out at the priest, leaving him near death. Tormented by his guilt, McGinnis finally confesses to the police at the ailing priest's ... +


On Christmas Eve, Pat McGinnis breaks into a store to steal a fur coat for his girl friend, Molly Sullivan. Surprised by watchman Michael O'Keefe, McGinnis knocks the man out, steals his gun and, while making a getaway, shoots and kills a policeman. McGinnis then cunningly has himself committed to jail on a minor offense, thus establishing an alibi in case he is implicated in the murder. A year later, Michael is arrested for drunkenness, and when his fingerprints match those found on the gun, he is charged with the policeman's murder and sentenced to die. Meanwhile, Father Loma, O'Keefe's parish priest, befriends McGinnis at the prison camp. He brings Molly to visit and recommends the rehabilitated prisoner for parole. On the day that his request for parole is denied, McGinnis is injured during a quarrel in the prison yard, and thinking that he is dying, confesses the murder to Father Loma, who saves the convict's life with a transfusion of his own blood. Impressed by the priest's loyalty to the convict, the board grants McGinnis his parole, and upon recovering, he leaves prison a free man. As Michael awaits the day of his execution, Father Loma, bound by his oath to keep McGinnis' secret, hounds the ex-convict to confess to the murder. In frustration, McGinnis strikes out at the priest, leaving him near death. Tormented by his guilt, McGinnis finally confesses to the police at the ailing priest's bedside. +

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