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Mob machinations featuring Richard Conte as the up and coming hit man and Broderick Crawford as an established boss
For years there was no decent copy of "New York Confidential" available for home viewing, but now there is a nice widescreen copy, so that we can fully engage with this movie without distraction. And some movie it is. It's really very, very good, holding its own with anything produced today that's in the same general vein.
Broderick Crawford is outstanding as a mob boss who maintains the rough edges of his youth and climb upwards but now is as much a businessman as anything, although hits are essential at times. Richard Conte is also outstanding as a Chicago hit man brought in by Crawford to rub out an out of line underling who has stepped out of line by killing a mobster without permission. Mike Mazurki, who is Crawford's usual muscle, has to step aside for Conte, who proceeds by a combination of brains, wit and luck to become Crawford's number two man. Anne Bancroft is Crawford's rebellious daughter who cannot make her own life due to her father's notoriety. Celia Lovsky is Crawford's mother, who sees that the old days of blood and violence really never end.
Crawford is involved in a complex oil deal that involves Washington insiders. This subplot is intimately connected to the fortunes of both Conte and Crawford, and it gives the script a chance to characterize the strong resemblance and interactions between the Mafia and denizens of Washington's power corridors.
This is a strong film noir.
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