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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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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The events and characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, places or firms is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

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 Pete Harris would have had to be shot on October 14, 1951, but the license plate on the Western Florist van had a 1952 date and the closest Monday to the 4th after May 1952 is August 4th. See more »

Quotes

Tim Foster: What makes a two-bit heel like you think a heater would give him an edge over me?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: KANSAS CITY See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Gun (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

La Cucaracha
(uncredited)
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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