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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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Helen Foster
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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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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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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: How far didya get on that Southwest bank job?
Scott Andrews: Exactly nowhere.
Tim Foster: You must be hearin' plenty from the front office on that one!
Scott Andrews: You don't know the half of it! Every bank in the country is on the alert to spot the serial numbers on those bucks, and, up to know, not one of them has. turned up!
Tim Foster: How'd you like to crack that job?
Scott Andrews: How would I like to find oil in my backyard?
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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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Absorbing & Well-Crafted Crime Drama
12 October 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This absorbing crime drama is also one of the most well-crafted movies of its genre. It tells its story with few frills, but with plenty of interesting details and a well-timed pace. John Payne gets one of his best roles, with a very good supporting cast. A strong sense of danger and uncertainty is built up early, and is effectively carried through the whole movie, right up to the end.

Payne is well-cast as an ex-convict who gets framed by a very clever criminal mastermind, and who then determines to seek out the truth. In itself, the setup is a familiar one, but "Kansas City Confidential" gets quite a lot out of it, and it is hardly predictable. The story moves from one hazardous situation to the next, with very little pause for relief, maintaining the tension constantly. Preston Foster is also very well-suited for his role as the ex-police captain, and the roles of the three lowlifes are well-acted by Neville Brand and young-looking Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam.

The atmosphere and characters both work particularly well. The story has perhaps a couple of implausible turns, but in itself it is so carefully constructed that this really doesn't matter. Director Phil Karlson certainly deserves praise for putting things together so well. Very few B-movies are this well-conceived, and as a result it still holds up very well.


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