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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One Girl's Confession (1953)

A waitress (Cleo Moore) in a waterfront dive robs her employer (Leonid Snegoff) of $25,000 because she feels he swindled her late father out of his money. After hiding the money, she turns herself in to the police and goes to prison biding her time. When released from prison for good behavior, she returns to the scene of the crime, still biding her time. This low budget "B" is often and inaccurately referred to as film noir. It isn't. The film's poster promises a lurid exploitation film with the brassy Cleo Moore but what we get is a highly moralistic lecture that "no happiness can come from cursed money". So you if you can put aside your expectations of good trashy fun and settle for a rather innocuous moral fable, it's passable. Moore is appealing which is fortunate since everyone else in the film is a cipher. Written, produced, directed and co-starring Hugo Haas so you know where to lay the blame if you don't like it! With Glenn Langan and Helene Stanton. 

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