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4.0 out of 5 stars "New York Confidential (1955) ... Richard Conte ... Vci Ent. (2010)"
Warner Bros. and Kit Parker Films presents "NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL" (1955) --- (Dolby digitally remastered) --- The film at times is uneven but the brilliant performances of an outstanding cast is fascinating --- You could say this almost pure film noir with incredible power, usually revolving around Richard Conte, as the calculating cold hitman for hire --- Broderick...
Published on 20 Jun 2010 by J. Lovins

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3.0 out of 5 stars Confidentially ... just average except for Bancroft
Not be be confused with the (I think superior) Kansas City Confidential, the New York variety is a pretty serviceable account of organised crime, featuring at it's heart the stereotypical crime boss Lupo (Broderick Crawford, in a characteristically grouchy performance) and his disaffected daughter (Anne Bancroft). Lately arrived on the scene is Magellan (Richard Conte)...
Published on 17 Nov 2011 by Richard Bowden


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3.0 out of 5 stars Confidentially ... just average except for Bancroft, 17 Nov 2011
This review is from: New York Confidential [DVD] (DVD)
Not be be confused with the (I think superior) Kansas City Confidential, the New York variety is a pretty serviceable account of organised crime, featuring at it's heart the stereotypical crime boss Lupo (Broderick Crawford, in a characteristically grouchy performance) and his disaffected daughter (Anne Bancroft). Lately arrived on the scene is Magellan (Richard Conte) the son of one of Lupo's late, old, friends who arrives to take care of a contract hit then stays to work his way up the organisation. Magellan's cool, polite exterior masks his role as professional killer, but he is clever enough to stay out of trouble, rejecting the advances of his bosses' dame, until the inevitable happens and he is drawn to the daughter. The dangerous, svelte Conte is good in his part - and, surprisingly proves less of an emotional bully than we might have expected - but the real star of the film is Bancroft, whose acting is in a different class, even when uttering unremarkable dialogue in predictable scenes. Her best moments of all come when, forced by public exposure to leave the anonymity of a safe job and to confront the stigma of her parentage, she throws herself with self-disgust at the hit man. Sadly her character is removed shortly after and with it comes a return to routine crime melodrama. J Carroll Nash is wasted as a side kick. The DVD offers a good print, but with no real extras. It's good for a single viewing, but apart from Bancroft's magnetism there's nothing really here to return for.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "New York Confidential (1955) ... Richard Conte ... Vci Ent. (2010)", 20 Jun 2010
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J. Lovins "Mr. Jim" (Missouri-USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: New York Confidential [DVD] [1955] [US Import] (DVD)
Warner Bros. and Kit Parker Films presents "NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL" (1955) --- (Dolby digitally remastered) --- The film at times is uneven but the brilliant performances of an outstanding cast is fascinating --- You could say this almost pure film noir with incredible power, usually revolving around Richard Conte, as the calculating cold hitman for hire --- Broderick Crawford's murderous planning is completely straight in a corporate boardroom, shows this audience it is business as usual in the underworld --- Anne Bancroft the rebellious daughter of Broderick Crawford who can't shake her fathers reputation as the leader of the mobs --- an extremely valuable entry in the film noir genre.

Under the production staff of:
Russell Rouse (Director)
Clarence Greene (Screenwriter)
Russell Rouse (Screenwriter)
Clarence Greene (Producer) .
Edward Small (Producer)
Joseph Mullendore (Original Score)
Eddie Fitzgerald (Cinematographer)
Grant Whytock (Film Editor)

BIOS:
1. Broderick Crawford
Date of Birth: 9 December 1911 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 26 April 1986 - Rancho Mirage, California

2. Richard Conte
Date of Birth: 24 March 1910 - Jersey City, New Jersey
Date of Death: 15 April 1975 - Los Angeles, California

3. Anne Bancroft
Date of Birth: 17 September 1931 - The Bronx, New York
Date of Death: 6 June 2005 - New York City, New York

the cast includes:
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 ... Robert Frawley
Mike Mazurki ... Arnie Wendler
John Doucette ... Shorty

Hats off and thanks to Robert Blair and his staff at VCI Entertainment --- First time on DVD, this is one not to be missed if you're a fan of "film noir" --- Audio commentary by film historian & author Alan K. Rode and film writer, Kim Morgan; Advertising Gallery --- Digitally Remastered & Restored from the original negative which makes for great viewing.

Total Time: 87 min on DVD ~ VCI Home Video KPF-528 ~ (6/29/2010)
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