Minor Hitchcock movie but still an intriguing variation on his favorite "wrong man" theme as a Catholic priest has to stay silent when the killer confesses a murder even if that means himself will be suspected of the deed. While the climax and revelations themselves are not particularly satisfying - and it ends in a court room - it is still a satisfying enough watch.
Or ****? Not bad at all: but why a Catholic priest should turn down Anne Baxter is a bit implausible (mind you, Monty Clift was a left footer so maybe that's why) and why a priest should risk being hanged when the murderer has confessed to him is also stretching things a bit. Nice photography of Quebec-Ville, but surely 50% of the population aren't nuns and priests? Dmitri Tiomkin's score is laughably over the top.
Very underappreciated Hitch. Not sure why. Good plot and tight script. Excellent performances from Clift, Malden, and co. Great imagery and wonderful B&W cinematography. The public slept on it back in the day, don't sleep on it now. Up there with Lifeboat in terms of his more psychological films