Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Joe Rolfe
Tim Foster
Boyd Kane
Tony Romano
Pete Harris
Mario Siletti ...
Howard Negley ...
Scott Andrews
Don Orlando ...
Ted Ryan ...


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


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 »


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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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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