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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:
The Perfect Heist See more (68 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)
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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:
Crew or equipment visible: At the beginning of the heist, just after the fake florist delivery van appears, a reflection on this van show a few crew members and a folding chair set up in the middle of the road.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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Perfect Heist, 7 June 2008
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In Kansas City, the criminals Peter Harris (Jack Elam), Boyd Kane (Neville Brand) and Tony Romano (Lee Van Cleef) are individually hired by a stranger (Preston Foster) that plots the robbery of an armored car after receiving the money from a bank in the next door of a flower shop. However, each one of them wears masks and does not know the identities of the others; therefore they can not recognize each other. They succeed in the heist of 1.2 million dollars and escape in a van of the Western Florists, and the mentor of the robbery gives tickets to them to travel abroad, promising to share the money later. Meanwhile the decorated soldier and ex-con driver of the Western Florists van Joe Rolfe (John Payne) that is delivering flowers in the shop is framed. He is accused of participating of the heist, arrested and tortured by the police, loses his job, and when the police recognizes the mistake, he is released. Unemployed, he discovers that Peter Harris went to Tijuana, and he decides to chase the criminal and request one fifth of the amount.

"Kansas City Confidential" is a great film-noir, with a good story and development of the characters. John Payne has an excellent performance in the role of a former war hero that tries to have a straight life after some gambling problems, but is framed, loses his job and the rest of his honor and sees his picture in the front page of the news, becoming impossible to find a new job. This injustice triggers his search for the real criminals, not seeking for justice, but a share of the money. The characters, with the exception of the sweet Helen Foster, have some sort of amoral behavior, as usual in this genre. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os 4 Desconhecidos" ("The 4 Unknown")

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