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This French comedy offers a tour-de-force for Jouvet who plays most of the major characters. His main role is that of a super con-artist whose newest con involves selling museums to naive clients. He is assisted by many shady look-a-likes. Trouble ensues when one of his assistants is arrested and charged with the crimes of the gang leader. The other doubles must now work together to confuse the police and free their compatriot. The arrested one wins it all in the end.
Source : hollywood.com
In case there seems something familiar about the French comedy "Confessions of a Rogue," which opened on Saturday at the Pix, let this set your mind at ease. It follows almost the same story that was very successfully used in a picture with Edward G. Robinson—"The Whole Town's Talking"—back in 1935. And just as that was a genial variation of a well-known device—the mistaken identity gimmick—this several-years-old film is, too.
It's the story of a high-class French swindler who discovers a sad little guy who looks and talks exactly like him. So complete is the resemblance, in fact, that the swindler is able to use the Milquetoast to establish his alibis. The inevitable happens, however. The little guy and the swindler's sweetheart fall in love, and the happiest possible climax is worked out in almost the happiest possible way.
Obviously this story requires playing—expert playing—in the two leading roles, and that Louis Jouvet gives it in a beautifully finished serio-comic style. As the swindler he is suave, savvy, sinister. As the Milquetoast he is bumblingly droll—and as two or three of the swindler's impersonations, he is hilariously impudent. The picture is his and he makes it an uneven but abundant lot of fun. Suzy Delair is saucy as the sweetheart and two or three others—including a dog—are good in the cast.
© B.C., "New York Times", 30 mars 1948, movies.nytimes.com