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Chicago Syndicate (1955)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | July 1955 (USA)
An ex-military accountant is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the mob in Chicago in an attempt to break open the rackets. To complicate his job, two women stand in his way, each with their own agenda.

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writers:

Joseph Hoffman (screenplay), William Sackheim (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Barry Amsterdam
Abbe Lane ... Connie Peters
Paul Stewart ... Arnold 'Arnie' Valent
Xavier Cugat ... Benny Chico
Allison Hayes ... Joyce Kern - alias Sue Morton
Richard H. Cutting ... David Healey / Narrator
Chris Alcaide ... Nate - a Thug
William Challee ... Dolan - a Thug
John Zaremba ... Det. Lt. Robert Fenton
George Brand George Brand ... Jack Roper
Hugh Sanders ... Pat Winters
Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra ... Orchestra (as Xavier Cugat Orchestra)
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An ex-military accountant is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate the mob in Chicago in an attempt to break open the rackets. To complicate his job, two women stand in his way, each with their own agenda.

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Smashing the nation's worst crime ring! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die große Masche See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

Barry Amsterdam: I was born to die in bed at the age of 90.
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References On the Waterfront (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Cuban Mambo
(uncredited)
by Rafael Angulo and Xavier Cugat
Sung by Abbe Lane
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A pretty good later Film Noir picture
30 December 2007 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Because this film starred Dennis O'Keefe (who was wonderful in his Film Noir appearances), I was sure to see it. And fortunately, the overall effort was exciting and engaging--making it a decent later example of the genre. While not as bloody and earthy as many Noir films, due to the head of the mob priding himself on being a well-spoken gentleman, nevertheless is a decent film of this type.

The film begins with a contract killing so stop an accountant from spilling his guts about organized crime. A citizen's group decides that they need to try a new way to infiltrate the mob--send in a freelance agent who isn't a cop or part of the Treasury or Justice Departments. So Dennis O'Keefe is recruited and he is able to eventually rise very high in the ranks--and leading to a wonderful showdown.

I think the reason I like O'Keefe in these films is because he's so ugly--or at best ordinary looking. For Noir, this is great, as pretty boys and the like are NOT something you'd expect. So, when Edmund O'Brien isn't available, O'Keefe is a good substitute.

Full of excellent intrigue, an interesting and unusual plot and sure to please fans of the genre, CHICAGO SYNDICATE nearly earns an 8--it's that good.

FYI--It is interesting that in one scene where they are standing outside a movie theater, the picture listed on the marquee is ON THE WATERFRONT--another film about mobsters which came out at about the same time as CHICAGO SYNDICATE.


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