Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn-of-the-20th-century California's notorious Barbary Coast, The Confession of Lily Dare tells the story of one woman's tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madam of a string of brothels. Behind her every move lies her greatest secret: her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon.
The Confession of Lily Dare is the latest comic melodrama written by and starring Charles Busch, master of theatrical parodies, such as Vampire Lesbians of Sodom; Die, Mommie, Die!; and The Divine Sister. Here, Busch and longtime collaborator Carl Andress celebrate the gauzy "confession film" tearjerkers of early 1930s cinema, including The Sin of Madelon Claudet, Frisco Jenny, and Madame X.