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Chicago Syndicate (1955)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  July 1955 (USA)
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Dennis O'Keefe ...
Barry Amsterdam
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Connie Peters
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Arnold 'Arnie' Valent
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ...
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Joyce Kern, alias Sue Morton
Richard H. Cutting ...
David Healey / Narrator
Chris Alcaide ...
Nate - a Thug
William Challee ...
Dolan - a Thug
John Zaremba ...
Det. Lt. Robert Fenton
George Brand ...
Jack Roper
Hugh Sanders ...
Pat Winters
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gangster | mother

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TOO HOT TO HANDLE! (original ad - all caps)

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6 January 2008 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a great little crime movie. It has a truly sleazy feel and is very well directed. Fred Sears! That guy knew how to turn out these trashy but effective crime exposes! Dennis O'Keefe, who seems a little down-at-the heels, is the lead. He goes undercover to blow the lid off a syndicate run by mama's boy Paul Stewart. With his eyes sunken and dark, Stewart is a highly effective villain (albeit a suave one.) His current girlfriend sings at a club he runs. We hear her sing, and she is pretty darn good. That's because she's played by Abbe Lane. Lane had a good vocal style and she knew how to be sewn into a glamorous dress. Real-life husband Xaviar Cugat is on-hand, too: He's her band-leader and is pining after her.

Though she gets lower billing, the main female is really Allison Hayes. Yes: The star of the immortal "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman." Hayes does a fine job. She's an interesting presence: She looks like a meaner version of Jane Russell.

The only distracting part of the movie is the O'Keefe character's name: Barry Amsterdam. It kept reminding me of a certain comic on a classic TV show about writers for a TV comedy ...

O'Keefe had the goods, though. He is one of the best of all noir actors.


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