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Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 November 1952 (USA)
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.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

George Bruce (screenplay), Harry Essex (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 ... Andrews
Carleton Young ... Martin
Don Orlando Don Orlando ... Diaz
Ted Ryan Ted Ryan ... Morelli
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Storyline

A down-on-his-luck ex-G.I. finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence, after having been beaten up and tortured by the police, he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

Every city wears a mask! This is the picture that goes behind that mask to bare the bullet-scarred face of a brutal underworld!..... See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas City 117 See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Preston Foster played a character whose last name is also Foster. See more »

Goofs

When Joe Rolfe exits his vehicle at the very beginning of the movie, the camera operator's face and white shirt can clearly be seen, reflected on the side of the car. See more »

Quotes

Tim Foster: How far didya get on that Southwest bank job?
Scott Andrews: Exactly nowhere.
Tim Foster: You must be hearin' plenty from the front office on that one!
Scott Andrews: You don't know the half of it! Every bank in the country is on the alert to spot the serial numbers on those bucks, and, up to know, not one of them has. turned up!
Tim Foster: How'd you like to crack that job?
Scott Andrews: How would I like to find oil in my backyard?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the police annals of Kansas City are written lurid chapters concerning the exploits of criminals apprehended and brought to punishment.

But it is the purpose of this picture to expose the amazing operations of a man who conceived and executed a "perfect crime", the true solution of which is NOT entered in ANY case history, and could well be entitled "Kansas City Confidential".

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Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
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Spanish Traditional
Sung by Tomaso as he delivers the mail
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One of My Favorites
10 December 2008 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

This vaulted to the top of my list of favorite films noir the second it was over.

This truly stylish and excellent little crime thriller stars John Payne as an ex-con who's framed for being involved with a bank robbery he had nothing to do with. Fueled by a sense of wronged justice, he tracks down the real culprits, who have met down in Mexico for the money exchange. The plot gets much more intricate than that, though, when it turns out that the boss of the operation, an ex-cop gone bad, is planning to double cross the other members of the team and collect the reward money for himself. And it gets more intricate when Payne falls for the boss's daughter, who has come down to visit him at his tropical getaway.

Many of the usual noir touches are present in this film: the anti-hero who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time; the hard-boiled tough-guy patter; the blurred lines between the law and the criminals. The film clips by at a tense pace, and it's an awful lot of fun.

Grade: A


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