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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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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
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Teresa
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Tomaso
Howard Negley ...
Scott Andrews
Carleton Young ...
Martin
Don Orlando ...
Diaz
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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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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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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 »

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When Joe Rolfe exits his vehicle at the very beginning of the movie, the camera operator's face and white shirt can clearly be seen, reflected on the side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Teresa: [Showing off the earings she wants him to buy as 'souvenirs'] Tony, you're not even looking at how pretty they are and only 11 American dollars!
Tony Romano: [Looking at her knowingly] Everything around here's 11 bucks!
Teresa: Tony, you like?
Tony Romano: Charge it with the rest.
Teresa: [Happily] Gracias, Tony!
Tony Romano: [Knowingly] See ya later!
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Gun (1975) See more »

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La Cucaracha
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Sung by Tomaso as he delivers the mail
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great noir visuals
19 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Film noir at its best. All of the positive comments by other reviewers are accurate regarding the acting, directing and appropriately flawed "noir tale" script. John Payne is a textbook noir guy -- just out of prison, tormented, misunderstood and kicked around by the cops (who do not come out smelling good in this story) and a terrible trio of criminals. Add to that extraordinary film noir visual effects. This is exemplary film noir. The framed-in, claustrophobic scenes actually made me short of breath. The scene on the boat at the end is classic, and probably the prototype for subsequent scenes in other movies and TV shows. It reminded me of the Sopranos episode where Tony & Co. killed Big Pussy. The robbers in their creepy masks were so interesting to study that I watched that part several times. It reminded me of Kabuki theater. A real box of candy for noir connoisseurs. I recommend it highly.


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