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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.

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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:
Absorbing & Well-Crafted Crime Drama See more (69 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 | USA:Unrated | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
Veteran actor Preston Foster plays a character whose last name is also Foster.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:
Pete Harris:Okay wise guy, you found me. Now what?
Joe Rolfe:What's eatin' you?
Pete Harris:You been giving me the fisheye all night.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Lords of Salem (2012)See more »
Soundtrack:
La CucarachaSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Absorbing & Well-Crafted Crime Drama, 12 October 2005
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

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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