I had no idea that this was a sequel until I saw that MELVIN PURVIS G-MAN was made previously, also featuring Dale Robertson in the lead role and playing the same character. However, the two films are stand alone with separate stories so you won't miss anything by watching this. Many cast members return from the first film in different roles here; I was particularly delighted to see Harris Yulin and Brion James many years before they would go on to big-screen success.
Inevitably the TV movie format makes the story told a little cheap, but I found it still had the ring of authenticity to it. The tale is violent and adult without being explicit and there's plenty if action to bolster the twisty-turny plotting in which the likes of 'Pretty Boy' Floyd, 'Baby Face' Nelson, and John Dillinger attempt to elude the ever-pursuing FBI agents while at the same time running into and falling foul of each other. Matt Clark is a stand-out as the deceitful Verne Miller. THE KANSAS CITY MASSACRE is fast and engaging, made with Curtis's usual class.