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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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Tim Foster
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Boyd Kane
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Tony Romano
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Pete Harris
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Tomaso
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Scott Andrews
Carleton Young ...
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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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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)  »

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Kansas City 117  »

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

Goofs

Tim Foster sent telegrams dated May 22 containing the message "BORADOS, NINETEENTH", presumably meaning meet in Borados on the 19th, so it would have to mean June 19th which is the next 19th. When Joe Rolfe checks in at the Hotel Hacienda the register sheet shows May. When Timothy Foster receives the telegraph from the Police Chief of Tijuana it's dated "de Monday de fourth de 1952" and states "... MAN SHOT TO DEATH HERE NIGHT OF 14 OCTOBER ...". So Peter Harris would have had to be shot October 14, 1951 but the license plate on the Western Florist van had a 1952 date. And the closest Monday the 4th after May 1952 is August 4th. See more »

Quotes

Tim Foster: That was a sucker move, burning down your boss. You had him all wrong. He never crossed you.
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La Cucaracha
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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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