"True Confession," which heads a satisfactory bill at the University, is the story of a girl who always says the first thing that comes into her head, in other words, an inveterate liar. It was written for Carole Lombard, who romps through it with delightful finesse. Although one lie in particular--confession to a murder she did not commit--takes up a great part of the picture, there are many, all typical of Miss Lombard's somewhat hysterical character. The ease with which she tells them makes for excellent comedy.
Comedy of a different sort is supplied by John Barrymore, who walks off with acting honors in a fine portrayal of a half-witted drunkard who forgets his sorrows by drinking and gloating over the misfortunes of others. Mr. Barrymore brings to the part, which has little to do with the plot, a pathos reminiscent of Chaplin. Fred MacMurray plays a minor part as Miss Lombard's too-honest husband. Instead of acting together as in the past, Mr. MacMurray is subordinated to the heroine's personality, but the result is far from disastrous.
In the second picture, "Hitting a New High," Lily Pons pours out profuse strains of unpremeditated coloratura, as well as the title song and "Let's Give Love Another Chance." Although the plot is moronic, the picture survives, thanks to Eric Blore and the radiant beauty of Miss Pons.