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Chicago Confidential (1957)

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An honest union official named Blane is framed for the murder of another union official. Thus off the hook, the crime syndicate actually responsible for the crime is free to continue its ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dist. Atty. Jim Fremont
Laura Barton
Dick Foran ...
Arthur 'Artie' Blaine
Douglas Kennedy ...
Ken Harrison
Paul Langton ...
Police Capt. Jake Parker
Candymouth Duggan
Gavin Gordon ...
Alan Dixon
Beverly Tyler ...
Sylvia Clarkson
Buddy Lewis ...
Kerry Jordan
Anthony George ...


An honest union official named Blane is framed for the murder of another union official. Thus off the hook, the crime syndicate actually responsible for the crime is free to continue its activities. However, State's Attorney Jim Fremont begins to suspect that Blane has been set up. Fremont launches a new investigation. Written by Jim Beaver <>

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Film-Noir | Crime | Drama


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30 August 1957 (USA)  »

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Chicago Confidential  »

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1.37 : 1
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In 1957, United Artists released this as a double feature with Gun Duel in Durango (1957). See more »


When we see Candymouth Duggan for the first time, he knocks down a plank on the fence by the river. When the plank falls, the string holding it can be clearly seen. See more »

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Weak Crime Picture
25 June 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Chicago Confidential (1957)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Boring, low-budget crime drama about racketeers forcing their way into unions. In this case, a D.A. (Brian Keith) swears to bring them down by ends up locking away an innocent man (Dick Foran) and with the help of his girlfriend (Beverly Garland) they try to get the real killer. CHICAGO CONFIDENTIAL is trying hard to be dark, cool and serious but it pretty much fails on all three levels. To be honest though, this here really isn't any worse than the countless "B" crime pictures that were released around this time as they all feature the same limitations. Some of those are obviously the budget but I think a good director and cast can turn this into a benefit. That really doesn't happen here and what we're left with is just one clichéd scene after another and it all boils up to a climax that you'll see coming from a mile away. What made this film so hard to get through was the Dragnet-like voice overs that narrate the entire film. I always found this routine to be rather cheap and pathetic for a number of reasons but the biggest one is that it really tells the viewer that they're too stupid to understand what's going on. That's what happens the majority of the time but this film goes a step further by not even bothering to have the action in the film do anything and instead we're just told what should be happening with the narration. The plot of this film is so weak because it seems they didn't try to have anything happen in front of our eyes and instead we're told everything. Keith, Garland and Foran are fun to watch but even they can't save this film. Elisha Cook, Jr. plays a drunk who holds some key evidence.

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