Chicago Confidential (1957) starring Brian Keith, Dick Foran, Beverly Garland, Elisha Cook Jr.
Chicago Confidential is one of those films that wouldn’t be produced today. It’s not that it’s a film noir. The basic plot has an Illinois District Attorney, played by Brian Keith, investigating a murder seemingly committed by a Union head played by Dick Foran. Foran’s character is innocent, and his girlfriend, convincingly played by Beverly Garland, is instrumental in convincing Keith after his conviction.
The honest Union head has been framed by murder by the Union vice president, who takes over the Union and swiftly brings in corruption and intimidation — and in modern Hollywood, speaking badly of a Union is taboo. All said, it’s a very good cops-and-robbers movie. The ambitious Keith has aspirations of becoming Governor. He’s tempted to look the other way when the girlfriend makes him wonder about the rightfulness of the conviction. But with an old-school CSI moment with an oscilloscope (no, really) he does the right thing, and pursues justice instead of political ambition. And gets rewarded in the end. Chicago Confidential isn’t a great movie, but it’s definitely a good one and enjoyable. I rate it 3 stars out of 5.
Editorial review of Chicago Confidential (1957) — Brian Keith, Dick Foran, courtesy of Amazon.com
Brian Keith stars as Jim Fremont, an Illinois States Attorney fighting corrupt unions in Chicago. The union crooks in collaboration with a gambling syndicate try to pin a murder rap on an uncooperative union leader Blane (Dick Foran). Fremont and his co-worker fiancee Laura (Beverly Garland), work to prove Blane’s innocence and to punish the true villains.