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Chicago Confidential
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySidney Salkow
Produced byEdward Small (executive)
Robert E. Kent
Written byBernard Gordon
Based onthe novel Chicago: Confidential!
by Jack Lait
Lee Mortimer
StarringBrian Keith
Beverly Garland
Dick Foran
Music byEmil Newman
CinematographyKenneth Peach
Edited byGrant Whytock
Peerless Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • August 30, 1957 (1957-08-30)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Chicago Confidential is a 1957 American crime film noir directed by Sidney Salkow, starring Brian Keith, Beverly Garland and Dick Foran. It is based on the 1950 book Chicago: Confidential! by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer.[1]

Chicago Confidential was the first film produced for Edward Small by Robert E. Kent, who had been a writer and story supervisor at Columbia. Small and Kent went on to make many movies together.[2]


A union official named Blane is framed for the murder of another union official. The crime syndicate actually responsible for the killing is free to continue its activities. District Attorney Jim Fremont's plan to run for governor can be helped by a conviction of Blane, but thanks to Blane's fiancée Laura Barton he begins to suspect that Blane has been set up, launching a new investigation.

Laura testifies in court that Blane was with her at the time of the murder, and a neighbor, Sylvia Clarkson, swears she heard Blane's voice there. Jim discovers a tape recording that suggests Clarkson might have been fooled, but Laura convinces him otherwise. Clarkson turns out to be conspiring with the criminals.

Racketeers knock Jim cold and take Laura hostage, led by Ken Harrison, who intends to flee by airplane. Jim and his men surround the plane at the air strip and a gun battle ensues, Harrison being shot. Jim's political future is now set, while Blane is released so that he can marry Laura.


See also


  1. ^ Article on film at Turner Classic Movies accessed 19 May 2013
  2. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (Nov 1, 1956). "Warners Buys No. 1 Seller, 'Nun's Story'; Satire Will Be Staged". Los Angeles Times. p. C15.
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