New York Confidential

Overview

New York Confidential is based on the Jack Lait-Lee Mortimer bestseller of the same name. Richard Conte plays Nick Magellan, a "torpedo" for Manhattan crime boss Charlie Lupo (Broderick Crawford). Pleased with Magellan's work, Charlie promotes him to the topmost rungs of the Syndicate. He regrets this act of largesse when the powers-that-be demand that Lupo be rubbed out. . .by good old Magellan. The most fascinating aspect of New York Confidential is that there isn't a sympathetic character in the bunch; even ...
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Overview

New York Confidential is based on the Jack Lait-Lee Mortimer bestseller of the same name. Richard Conte plays Nick Magellan, a "torpedo" for Manhattan crime boss Charlie Lupo (Broderick Crawford). Pleased with Magellan's work, Charlie promotes him to the topmost rungs of the Syndicate. He regrets this act of largesse when the powers-that-be demand that Lupo be rubbed out. . .by good old Magellan. The most fascinating aspect of New York Confidential is that there isn't a sympathetic character in the bunch; even Anne Bancroft as Lupo's maladjusted daughter is a bit on the obnoxious side. The original Lait-Mortimer book was later adapted into a 1958 TV series, starring Lee Tracy.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian & author Alan K. Rode and film writer, Kim Morgan; Advertising gallery; Before and after restoration examples
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
New York Confidential wants to be a better film than it is, and while watching it, the viewer spends the first twenty or so minutes expecting it to catch fire and take off. Unfortunately, it never does, hemmed in by a screenplay that sets up so many restrictions that it can't find a way to break free. On this surface, this would seem to be a good thing for a film which, after all, deals with the stifling, dangerous intractability of the crime world and how it inevitably leads to death and destruction. But in practice, it works against the film, removing interest and appeal. It doesn't help that there are no characters to root for, or even to care about. All are unappealing people who become tiresome to spend time with. Again, this could be exploited to the film's gain, but it would take a more skillful team than Russell Rouse and Clarence Greene to do this. The work is at least schematically skillful, with one part leading carefully into the next; but even this structural nicety ends up tiring after a while. The cast can't be faulted, with Broderick Crawford, Richard Conte, Marilyn Maxwell and especially a young Anne Bancroft all turning in good work. The cast makes it watchable, but it's a shame it isn't as good as it could have been.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • UPC: 089859052828
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,871

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Broderick Crawford Charlie Lupo
Richard Conte Nick Magellan
Marilyn Maxwell Iris Palmer
Anne Bancroft Kathy Lupo
J. Carrol Naish Ben Dagajanian
Onslow Stevens Johnny Achilles
Barry Kelley Frawley
Mike Mazurki Arnie Wendler
Celia Lovsky Mama Lupo
Herbert Heyes James Marshall
Steven Geray Morris Franklin
Henry Kulky Gino
Nestor Paiva Martinelli
Joseph Vitale Batista
Carl Milletaire Sumak
William Forrest Paul Williamson
Ian Keith Waluska
Charles Evans Judge Kincaid
Mickey Simpson Hartmann
Tom Powers District Attorney Rossi
Lee Trent Ferrari
John Doucette Shorty
Frank Ferguson Dr. Ludlow
Fortunio Bonanova Senor
Lennie Bremen Larry
Hope Landin Mrs. Wesley
William "Bill" Phillips Whitey
Technical Credits
Russell Rouse Director, Screenwriter
Fernando Carrere Production Designer
Willis Cook Special Effects
Edward Fitzgerald Cinematographer
Clarence Greene Producer, Screenwriter
Joseph W. Holland Set Decoration/Design
Norman Martien Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph Mullendore Score Composer
Ernest Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Small Producer
Harry Thomas Makeup
Grant Whytock Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- New York Confidential
1. New York Confidential [5:33]
2. Nick Magellan [7:34]
3. Send Him In [5:59]
4. Big Drink, Little Girl [5:38]
5. No Stripes [5:26]
6. She's Leaving [6:50]
7. Errand Boy [8:39]
8. Can't Sleep [8:26]
9. Hit! [10:59]
10. Dirty Rat [12:12]
11. National Proportions [6:33]
12. Insurance [3:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- New York Confidential
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   Chapters
   Extras
      Commentary With Alan Rode & Kim Morgan - On
      Commentary With Alan Rode & Kim Morgan - Off
      Photo Gallery
      New York Confidential Trailer
      Before & After Restoration
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