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Chicago Confidential (1957)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 30 August 1957 (USA)
In Chicago, a crime syndicate tries to take over a labor union by killing its blow-whistler treasurer and framing the honest union boss for the murder.

Director:

Sidney Salkow

Writers:

Jack Lait (book), Lee Mortimer (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brian Keith ... 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 Buddy Lewis ... Kerry Jordan
Anthony George ... Duncan
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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>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Capital do Crime See more »

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Mono | Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Union busting
5 March 2017 | by drjgardnerSee all my reviews

The film shows the evils of unions, but it's no "On the Waterfront". It's more like a TV movie, probably because the film's director, Sydney Salkow, was busy making TV crime and western films at the time.

Dick Foran (the singing cowboy from the 30s) plays an honest Union President, and sexy Beverly Garland plays his girlfriend. Brian Keith gets top billing as an ambitious DA (this is his first starring role in a film) and there are plenty of competent character actors including Elisha Cook Jr. (the "gunsill" from Maltese Falcon), John Hamilton (Perry White from TV's Superman) and big Douglas Kennedy ("Steve Donovan, Western Marshall").

This isn't a terrible film, but when you think about what else came out in 1957 - "Bridge on the River Kwai", "Sayonara", "Three Faces of Eve", "Pal Joey", "Funny Face", "Witness for the Prosecution" - it's clearly weak.


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