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Chicago Confidential (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 30 August 1957 (USA)
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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Laura Barton
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Arthur 'Artie' Blane
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Ken Harrison
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Candymouth Duggan
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Alan Dixon
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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 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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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

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The authenticity of the alleged recording of Artie's voice, used to convict him of murder, was not checked by the DA or challenged by Artie's attorney during the trial. Only after he was convicted did Laura think of this and it was demonstrated to have been a phony recording. See more »

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Urban action movie rooted in union corruption moves swiftly but lacks nuance
17 May 2003 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Union corruption serves as the McGuffin for Chicago Confidential, but the movie's really a big-city cops-and-robbers story with some stalwarts and set-ups left over from the noir cycle that had just about run its course by 1957 (and it shows).

A union official about to sing winds up shot and sunk in Lake Michigan; the honest union president (Dick Foran) is framed for the murder, stands trial and is convicted. That's quite a feather in the cap of District Attorney Brian Keith, who has gubernatorial yearnings.

But Foran's girlfriend Beverly Garland, discredited on the witness stand by means of fabricated evidence and suborned perjury, wins over Keith through her persistent loyalty. But as Keith begins to unravel the skein of lies that helped him win his case, the union's ambitious and corrupt vice-president (Douglas Kennedy) grows more desperate, and the body count starts to look like the city's in the roaring ‘20s. Among the victims is a stumblebum called Candymouth (Elisha Cook), used as a cat's paw in incriminating Foran, but even Keith and Garland find themselves in jeopardy....

The plot involves a bigwig lawyer left over from the Capone organization, `B-girls,' an impressionist, and oscilloscopes. But it moves quickly enough that the loose ends don't matter much (Why wasn't the tape recording analyzed before the trial? Why are the B-girls being shipped to Manila?). Director Sidney Salkow gets some of locales right (a sleazy bar called Shanghai Low among them) but doesn't bring much of an eye or an ear to the enterprise. Still, he keeps the movie jumping from one thing to the next, and that's at least something.


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