Day 18 of Noirvember: Confidential Trivia

New York Confidential (1955) is one of my favorite lesser-known noirs. It stars Richard Conte – and that fact alone is worth the price of admission – who’s ably backed by a stellar line-up that includes Broderick Crawford, Anne Bancroft, J. Carroll Naish, Marilyn Maxwell, and Mike Mazurki. Penned by the writers of D.O.A. (1950), New York Confidential is a briskly directed, hard-hitting story about organized crime in the “city that never sleeps.”

Today’s Noirvember entry serves up a few tidbits of trivia about this first-rate feature – along with an emphatic recommendation that you check it out the first chance you get!

  • Clarence Greene and Russell Rouse were responsible for more than just the screenplay for New York Confidential. Greene was the film’s producer and Rouse directed.
  • The mother of mob boss Broderick Crawford was played by Celia Lovsky, who was Peter Lorre’s first wife.
  • Ralph Clanton, the uncredited narrator of the film, had a busy, if low-key career, appearing in films and TV from the 1940s through the 1980s. His last role was in the Eddie Murphy-Dan Akyroyd hit, Trading Places (1983).

    Marilyn Maxwell in one of her last feature film roles.

    Marilyn Maxwell in one of her last feature film roles.

  • New York Confidential gave Marilyn Maxwell one of her last feature film roles. Throughout the rest of the 1950s, until her death in the early 1970s, she appeared on numerous television shows, including GunsmokeMake Room for Daddy, and Here’s Lucy. Maxwell was a radio singer before signing with MGM in 1942. Upon the insistence of studio head Louis B. Mayer, she dropped her real first name, Marvel, in favor of her middle name, Marilyn.
  • Beefy Mike Mazurki, who played a gunman in the film, played professional football for a while, and then turned to wrestling, fighting for several years under the moniker of “Iron Mike.”
  • Broderick Crawford’s voice was once likened to a cross between “the love call of a caribou and the horn of a diesel streamliner.”

Join me tomorrow for Day 19 of Noirvember!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 18, 2015.

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