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Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Unrated  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  11 November 1952 (USA)
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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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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
Don Orlando ...
Diaz
Ted Ryan ...
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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Every city wears a mask! This is the picture that goes behind that mask to bare the bullet-scarred face of a brutal underworld!..... See more »


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Kansas City 117  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Joe Rolfe: I thought I'd take a walk through the village before I turn in.
Tony Romano: Don't walk too fast - you'll be out of town without really seein' it!
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La Cucaracha
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Sung by Tomaso as he delivers the mail
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A terrific vintage film noir
30 May 2000 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This is a suspenseful, atmospheric film noir that is well worth checking out. I'd only seen Payne in musicals, but here he has a real understated intensity as a World War II vet out to clear his name. (In looks and affect he bears a resemblance to Kevin Spacey.) Preston Foster and a young Lee Van Cleef fill out the nest-of-vipers cast nicely. The wordless opening sequence is especially well done.


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