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An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

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Joe Rolfe
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Helen Foster
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Tim Foster
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Boyd Kane
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Tony Romano
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Pete Harris
Dona Drake ...
Teresa
Mario Siletti ...
Tomaso
Howard Negley ...
Scott Andrews
Carleton Young ...
Martin
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Diaz
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Morelli
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A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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11 November 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kansas City 117  »

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Veteran actor Preston Foster plays a character whose last name is also Foster. See more »

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As Joe (John Payne) is walking away from the confrontation with Harris (Jack Elam) in the alley outside the Tijuana dice parlor, the shadow of the camera can be clearly seen on Joe. See more »

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Tony Romano: It don't take no big thinking to figure a couple of guys like us ain't in this bananaville on a vacation!
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One of My Favorites
10 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This vaulted to the top of my list of favorite films noir the second it was over.

This truly stylish and excellent little crime thriller stars John Payne as an ex-con who's framed for being involved with a bank robbery he had nothing to do with. Fueled by a sense of wronged justice, he tracks down the real culprits, who have met down in Mexico for the money exchange. The plot gets much more intricate than that, though, when it turns out that the boss of the operation, an ex-cop gone bad, is planning to double cross the other members of the team and collect the reward money for himself. And it gets more intricate when Payne falls for the boss's daughter, who has come down to visit him at his tropical getaway.

Many of the usual noir touches are present in this film: the anti-hero who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time; the hard-boiled tough-guy patter; the blurred lines between the law and the criminals. The film clips by at a tense pace, and it's an awful lot of fun.

Grade: A


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