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Kansas City Confidential -- 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.
Kansas City Confidential -- 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.
Kansas City Confidential -- An ex GI is framed for an armed robbery, put into jail and tortured.  When they can't prove it was him, he goes on a quest to find the culprits and enters into the murky underworld of killers and corrupt policemen.

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Director:
Writers:
George Bruce (screenplay) and
Harry Essex (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 November 1952 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Exploding! Like a gun in your face! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Exceptional Noir--a must-see for fans of the genre See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Payne ... Joe Rolfe

Coleen Gray ... Helen Foster

Preston Foster ... Tim Foster

Neville Brand ... Boyd Kane

Lee Van Cleef ... Tony Romano

Jack Elam ... Pete Harris

Dona Drake ... Teresa
Mario Siletti ... Tomaso
Howard Negley ... Scott Andrews

Carleton Young ... Martin
Don Orlando ... Diaz
Ted Ryan ... Morelli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Orlando Beltran ... Porter (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Robbery Spectator (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Player (uncredited)
Charles Cane ... Detective Barney (uncredited)
Edward Coch ... Airline Clerk (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man at Craps Table (uncredited)
Tom Dillon ... Policeman (uncredited)
George Dockstader ... Policeman (uncredited)
Paul Dubov ... Eddie (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ... Paul Garcia - Mexican Chief of Police (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Shooter (uncredited)
Tom Greenway ... Policeman (uncredited)

William Haade ... Detective Mullins (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Stickman #2 (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... News Vendor (uncredited)
Paul Hogan ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Don House ... Policeman (uncredited)
Vivi Janiss ... Mrs. Rogers (uncredited)
Helen Kleeb ... Mrs. Crane (uncredited)
Paul Kruger ... Tough Detective (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Stickman #3 (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... News Vendor's Customer (uncredited)
House Peters Jr. ... Policeman (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Jailer (uncredited)
Sam Pierce ... Workman (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Houseman (uncredited)
Carlos Rivero ... Shooter (uncredited)
Ric Roman ... Rick - Eddie's Brother (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Stickman #4 (uncredited)
Sam Scar ... Player (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Stickman #1 (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Player (uncredited)
Phil Tead ... Mr. Collins (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Police Dispatcher (uncredited)
George Wallace ... Olson (uncredited)
Kay Wiley ... Woman (uncredited)
Jeff York ... Captain McBride (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
George Bruce (screenplay) and
Harry Essex (screenplay)

Harold Greene (story) (as Harold R. Greene) and
Rowland Brown (story)

Phil Karlson  uncredited
John Payne  uncredited

Produced by
Edward Small .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Buddy Small 
 
Art Direction by
Edward L. Ilou 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward R. Robinson  (as Ray Robinson)
 
Production Management
Ben Hersh .... production supervisor
Les Nettenstrom .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph E. Black .... assistant director (as Ralph Black)
Gilbert Mandelik .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Fred Lau .... sound
 
Stunts
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Secret Four" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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Runtime:
99 min | West Germany:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (DVD rating: 2008) | Finland:K-16 (cut: 1955) | Finland:(Banned) (1953) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:12 (video) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Not Rated (DVD/Blu-Ray Rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #16082) | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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:If I can spot you back of those trick cheaters, so can the cops!
Boyd Kane:[Removes dark glasses] The job you're talkin' about - I said I'd listen.
Tim Foster:You're a cop-killer! You killed one on that last deal!
Boyd Kane:I don't like heroes!
Tim Foster:You can tell that to the warden when they burn ya!
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Lords of Salem (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
La CucarachaSee more »

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18 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Exceptional Noir--a must-see for fans of the genre, 7 February 2007
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is an exceptional Film Noir movie that almost merits a score of 9--it's THAT good. Like good Noir, it features some of the ugliest and scariest actors and I applaud the producers for finding such a motley group! Jack Elam, Lee Van Cleef and Neville Brand are definitely the ugliest and toughest looking heavies of the age and here they all work together on a heist. The movie also stars John Payne and Preston Foster. While these two guys weren't as hideous as the other three, they were both well past their handsome prime--hence they were great Noir characters! In addition, the film is bloody and violent--definite pluses for Noir. While this may sound like Noir films are super-violent, they were compared to the average picture of the day but pale in comparison to more recent films. I like them because they are so gritty and realistic in their blunt portrayal of crime. In this case, watching John Payne slap the snot out of Van Cleef is an amazing scene. As for the plot, it's amazingly complex and interesting. So good, in fact, that I don't want to talk about the heist--lest if ruin the suspense. Suffice to say, it's well worth seeing with great writing, acting and all the elements you are looking for in Noir. A must-see for lovers of the genre.

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