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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.

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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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Rough, Real...and RAW! 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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Sound Mix:

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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Labor Racketeering was big news at the time
28 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee 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.


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