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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 »
NewsDesk:
(13 articles)
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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 $1.2M stolen from the bank would be the equivalent of almost $10,750,000 in 2015.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: 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:
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:
Referenced in "M*A*S*H: The Gun (#4.13)" (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
La CucarachaSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Tense and Compact, 28 August 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

A tense, compact crime picture (not really a noir, but they're calling everything noir these days) about a man framed for a robbery he didn't commit, and how he goes after the bad guys at a Mexican resort. John Payne plays the put-upon leading role in his usual keyed up, hyper-virile manner, and while I would not call him a charming actor, he was capable in the kind of modest tale. Coleen Gray is his love interest, and proficient in a thankless part. The trio of bad guys,--Neville Brand, Jack Elam and Lee Van Cleef--are as manna from heaven in this sort of film, and are, as always, fun to watch. Preston Foster's easygoing warmth is nicely utilized in a major role. His somewhat vague personality and amiable nature make him a more agreeable character than the putative hero of John Payne. Phil Karlson directed the film with his trademark paranoid edge, and the high contrast black and white photography makes the movie if nothing else a pleasure to watch.

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