6.0/10
243
10 user 3 critic

Chicago Confidential (1957)

Approved | | Film-Noir, Crime, Drama | 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 »

Director:

Writers:

(book), (book) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western. With the aid of an old law text and ... See full summary »

Director: John Huston
Stars: Paul Newman, Ava Gardner, Roy Jenson
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A ruthless college student resorts to murder in a futile attempt to marry an heiress.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Robert Wagner, Jeffrey Hunter, Virginia Leith
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Police officer Patty Butler, alias "Chicklet," is the live-in girlfriend of Thomas 'Stick' Henderson to gather evidence. Detective Bo Lockley is instructed to try to find her, not knowing she's also a cop.

Director: Milton Katselas
Stars: Michael Moriarty, Yaphet Kotto, Susan Blakely
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

When a beautiful bride boards an ocean liner with her new husband, he goes into hiding, and she becomes the target of a murder conspiracy.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Jeanne Crain, Michael Rennie, Max Showalter
Cowboy (1958)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Chicago hotel clerk Frank Harris dreams of life as a cowboy, and he gets his chance when, jilted by the father of the woman he loves, he joins Tom Reece and his cattle-driving outfit. Soon,... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Anna Kashfi
Hatari! (1962)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of men trap wild animals in Africa and sell them to zoos before the arrival of a female wildlife photographer threatens to change their ways.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Krüger
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When Confederate officer Colt Saunders returns to his Texas ranch after the war he finds his lands wanted by carpetbaggers and by corrupt provisional government commissioners Harrison and Cable.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Gilbert Roland
Shockproof (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jenny Marsh, still dangerously attractive after 5 years in prison for killing a man in defense of her shady lover Harry, clashes at first with parole officer Griff Marat, who's determined ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Cornel Wilde, Patricia Knight, John Baragrey
Comrade X (1940)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American reporter smuggling news out of Soviet Moscow is blackmailed into helping a beautiful Communist leave the country.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Clark Gable, Hedy Lamarr, Oskar Homolka
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When the nephew and his friend of Phyllis Carter are killed in an automobile crash while under the influence of narcotics, she persuades Police Lieutenant Jim Hahan to use her as an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Seiler
Stars: Betsy Palmer, Jack Lord, Barry Atwater
Nora Prentiss (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Dist. Atty. Jim Fremont
...
Laura Barton
...
Arthur 'Artie' Blane
...
Ken Harrison
...
Police Capt. Jake Parker
...
Candymouth Duggan
...
Alan Dixon
...
Sylvia Clarkson
Buddy Lewis ...
Kerry Jordan
...
Duncan
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

EXCLUSIVE! It Rips Through "Chi" Like A Hurricane!

Genres:

Film-Noir | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

30 August 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Capital do Crime  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Labor Racketeering was big news at the time
28 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This United Artists release in 1957 was certainly a timely one for the headlines. I well remember back in the day the Labor Racketeering hearings in the US Senate headed by John McClellan with Robert F. Kennedy as the counsel and his brother and next president also sitting on the committee. Organized crime's involvement with labor unions was a big news at the time.

In the fictional union talked about in this film which we never learn what it is or what industry it is for, honest president Dick Foran is framed for the murder of his friend whom he was sending to the state's attorney with information. The mobbed up vice president Douglas Kennedy then takes over and the strong arm tactics against the membership and the businesses begin.

Fortunately for Foran the state's attorney is Brian Keith who is a man of conscience who actually wants to see justice as opposed to rolling up convictions. Even though he's being mentioned for governor Keith starts questioning his own conviction first with a voice identification of Foran.

Said identification was bogus the product of comedian Buddy Lewis who works in mob clubs. Also derelict Elisha Cook, Jr. after giving perjured testimony is killed. It's a race against time as the mob starts plugging up potential leaks in their usual fashion.

Besides those mentioned three women have prominent roles. Phyllis Coates as Keith's wife and Beverly Garland and Beverly Tyler as a pair of B girls who are witnesses against Foran.

Chicago Confidential is a well paced B picture with an impressive cast giving a good ensemble effort. A historical curiosity as well given the time the film was made.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Alternate Title? Drjohnrock
Discuss Chicago Confidential (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?