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Kansas City Confidential (1952)

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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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Cast

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Joe Rolfe
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Helen Foster
Preston Foster ...
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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Storyline

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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Exploding! Like a gun in your face! See more »


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Release Date:

11 November 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kansas City 117  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. 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

Tim Foster: What's everybody so gloomy about?
Tomaso: The weather, Senor, she's so uncertain!
Tim Foster: Up in the States they're having blizzards!
Tomaso: Ah, if something like that would only happen here, but nothing but sunshine and people catching fish. If just once a fish would catch a man!
Tim Foster: That's possible, Tomaso. It all depends on the bait.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Gun (1975) See more »

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La Cucaracha
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Tomaso as he delivers the mail
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Enjoyable little-known Noir
12 February 2009 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Good job turned in by all concerned. Solid acting jobs help put this film over, which contains several neat plot turns. There are also a few plot contrivances and remarkable coincidences which have to be overcome, but it's easy in this case since the rest of the picture works so well - just go with it, or 'key flow', as they say in football.

John Payne and Preston Foster turn in first-rate jobs despite the drop in class to a "B", and Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam are in top form as 'bad guys'.Colleen Gray is lovely but adds 20 minutes to the proceedings as the love interest - and the picture really didn't need a love interest or 20 extra minutes. Overall, a very good effort well worth seeing.


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