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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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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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EXCLUSIVE! It Rips Through "Chi" Like A Hurricane! See more »


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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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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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Waste of an All-Star Cast
29 December 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The "Confidential" part was meant to piggy-back on the popular appeal of the lurid magazine of the same name, while the labor racketeering theme tied in with headline Congressional investigations of the day. However, despite the A-grade B-movie cast and some good script ideas, the movie plods along for some 73 minutes. It's a cheap-jack production all the way. What's needed to off-set the poor production values is some imagination, especially from uninspired director Sidney Salkow. A few daylight location shots, for example, would have helped relieve the succession of dreary studio sets. A stylish helmsman like Anthony Mann might have done something with the thick-ear material, but Salkow treats it as just another pay-day exercise. Too bad that Brian Keith's typical low-key style doesn't work here, coming across as merely wooden and lethargic. At the same time, cult figure Elisha Cook Jr. goes over the top as a wild-eyed drunk. Clearly, Salkow is no actor's director. But, you've got to hand it to that saucy little number Beverly Garland who treats her role with characteristic verve and dedication. Too bad, she wasn't in charge. My advice-- skip it, unless you're into ridiculous bar-girls who do nothing else but knock back whiskeys in typical strait-jacketed 50's fashion.


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