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New York Confidential

Among crime exposes New York Confidential stacks up as one of the better-made entries, thanks to a well-fashioned story and good performances by a cast of familiar names. While a tough, no-punches-pulled melodrama, it relies more on logical development for effect than on unsoundly motivated bare-knuckles action.

With:
Broderick Crawford Richard Conte Marilyn Maxwell Anne Bancroft J. Carrol Naish

Among crime exposes New York Confidential stacks up as one of the better-made entries, thanks to a well-fashioned story and good performances by a cast of familiar names. While a tough, no-punches-pulled melodrama, it relies more on logical development for effect than on unsoundly motivated bare-knuckles action.

Story [suggested by Jack Lait and Lee Mortimer’s book] tells of the rise of Richard Conte, ambitious triggerman, in the big syndicate said to control all crime under the chairmanship of Broderick Crawford.

Conte does a topnotch job of making a coldblooded killer seem real and Crawford is good as the chairman of the crime board, as is Marilyn Maxwell as his girl friend. Anne Bancroft, showing continuing progress and talent, scores with a standout performance of Crawford’s unhappy daughter.

New York Confidential

Production: Warner. Director Russell Rouse; Producer Clarence Greene; Screenplay Russell Rouse, Clarence Greene; Camera Edward Fitzgerald; Editor Grant Whytock; Music Joseph Mullendore; Art Director Fernando Carrere

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 87 MIN.

With: Broderick Crawford Richard Conte Marilyn Maxwell Anne Bancroft J. Carrol Naish

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