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Writers (WGA):
Jack Lait (book) and
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Release Date:
30 August 1957 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Brian Keith ... Dist. Atty. Jim Fremont

Beverly Garland ... Laura Barton

Dick Foran ... Arthur 'Artie' Blane

Douglas Kennedy ... Ken Harrison

Paul Langton ... Police Capt. Jake Parker

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Candymouth Duggan

Gavin Gordon ... Alan Dixon

Beverly Tyler ... Sylvia Clarkson
Buddy Lewis ... Kerry Jordan

Anthony George ... Duncan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jim Bannon ... Pilot (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Barfly (uncredited)

Linda Brent ... 'B' Girl (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Hallop (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Waiter at the Green Dragon (uncredited)

George Cisar ... Manager of the Green Dragon Nightclub (uncredited)

Phyllis Coates ... Helen Fremont (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Businessman (uncredited)
Myron Cook ... Fingerprint Man (uncredited)
Jean Dean ... Marion - 'B' Girl (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Attorney Emory Morgan (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Judge (uncredited)

John Indrisano ... Gilky - Strong Arm Man (uncredited)
Helen Jay ... 'B' Girl (uncredited)

Byron Keith ... TV Announcer (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Police Detective (uncredited)

Jack Kenney ... Police Officer Martin (uncredited)

Jack Lambert ... Smitty (uncredited)
Sharon Lee ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Nancy Marlow ... 'B' Girl (uncredited)

Frank Marlowe ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Court Stenographer (uncredited)
Asa Maynor ... Betty (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Barfly (uncredited)

Joe McGuinn ... Dispatcher (uncredited)

Charles Meredith ... Dr. Charing - Sound Expert (uncredited)

Dennis Moore ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
John Morley ... Mickey Partos (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Dixon's Valet (uncredited)
John Pelletti ... Fingerprint Man (uncredited)
Carl Princi ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Milt the Bartender (uncredited)
Mark Scott ... Evans - Fremont's Assistant (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Lynn Storey ... 'B' Girl (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Mitch (uncredited)
Tom Wade ... Policeman (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Lt. Traynor (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)

Harry Wilson ... Wellwisher at Wedding (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Salkow 
Writing credits
Jack Lait (book) and
Lee Mortimer (book)

Bernard Gordon (screenplay) originally as Raymond T. Marcus

Hugh King  story (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Robert E. Kent .... producer
Original Music by
Emil Newman 
Cinematography by
Kenneth Peach 
Film Editing by
Grant Whytock 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
Herman N. Schoenbrun 
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Carter .... assistant director
Art Department
Max Frankel .... property master
Sound Department
Al Overton .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Eugene Kornman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Einar Bourman .... wardrobe: men
Bernice Pontrelli .... wardrobe: women
Other crew
John Franco .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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75 min
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Did You Know?

In 1957, United Artists released this as a double feature with Gun Duel in Durango (1957).See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
union shenanigans result in murder, 3 July 2012
Author: blanche-2 from United States

A cast of familiar faces appear in Chicago Confidential, a 1957 B movie. The stars are Brian Keith, Beverly Garland, Dick Foran, Elisha Cook Jr., John Hamilton, and Phyllis Coates. The latter two stars were in the TV "Superman" in case you don't recognize their names.

The story is told with a narration, semidocumentary style. This type of film was popular for a time, but to me, it's very dry and too "Dragnet." A union accountant who has been keeping two sets of books calls DA Jim Fremont (Keith) and announces he is bringing in proof that the mob has infiltrated the union and is stealing from it. As could have been predicted as he starts walking to the DA's house in the dark, briefcase and folders in hand, he doesn't make it.

The bad guys set up one of the good union guys, Artie Blaine (Foran) to take the fall for the murder, and they do a decent job of it, using a drunk (Elisha Cook, Jr.) who finds the murder weapon as a witness to go to the DA once they clean him up. Then they discredit Blaine's fiancée (Garland) on the witness stand. The noose tightens.

Fairly formulaic, with a couple of interesting things - one is an impressionist, and the other is the use of a machine that recognizes speech patterns.

I interviewed Beverly Garland some years ago, so I always try to watch her films. She was a vibrant, funny, wonderful lady with a million stories. It makes me sad that she's no longer with us, but at least we can enjoy her film and TV work. For me she's a bright spot in "Chicago Confidential."

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