Kansas City Confidential  [DVD]
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An ex-detective is planning the perfect crime, with the gang members all having to wear masks so that they all remain anonymous. Unfortunately for them, the man framed for the robbery decides to track down the real criminals.
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"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".
Produced by Edward Small, Kansas City Confidential is believed to be the only film released out of Small's own Associated Players and Producers studio. Still, if you are going to only have one film on your studio résumé, you have to be thankful that it's a little belter. More B movie grit than film noir flecked nastiness, Karlson's movie is lean, mean and structured with knowing skill by the director. From the tremendous tension fuelled opening of the heist planning and execution, through to the deadly payoff at the finale, film is awash with knuckle slappings, shifting identities and the turning of the protagonists psychological make up.Read more ›
The movie turns on two plot pivots. First is a bank heist. Three tough guys are recruited by Mr. Big, who wears a mask. He makes the others wear masks, too. Only Mr. Big knows who everyone is. Their getaway leaves behind an innocent patsy, Joe Rolfe (John Payne), a war hero who once got in trouble with the law. After the Kansas City police try to beat a confession out of him, they realize they have the wrong man and let him go. Joe gets mad and decides to track the robbers down.
The second pivot centers on a small Mexican resort village where Mr. Big and the three accomplices have gathered, months later, to split the loot. Joe has taken the identity of one of them, Pete Harris. Joe had tracked Harris down and was forcing him to go together to the resort. By coincidence, Harris was gunned down by police at the Tijuana airport while Joe was at the ticket counter. Complicating things is Tim Foster (Preston Foster), a retired police captain from Kansas City who likes to fish, and his daughter, Helen (Coleen Gray). Helen, soon to pass her bar exam, showed up unexpectedly to visit her father. We're often reminded that there is a substantial reward for whoever captures the crooks and finds the money.Read more ›
Here's part of the plot - Tim Foster (Preston Foster) recruits three criminals to help him rob an armored truck- Pete Harris (Jack Elam), Boyd Kane (Neville Brand), and Tony Romano (Lee Van Cleef) --- All star "Noirish" cast of characters and it's right up there with some outstanding dialogue film noir style.
One of the best John Payne noir films -- Definitely entertaining and you can watch this over and over again, catching some scenes you may have missed for full enjoyment -- In many of his films he was an ordinary-guy protagonists in the noir cycle -- Payne is tough, all right, but still shows the flop-sweat of fear; and he's smart, too, but because he's forced to be - what he's trying to hang onto is all he's got, that's gotta be noir at it's best.
Under the production staff of:
Phil Karlson [Director]
George Bruce [Screenplay]
Harry Essex [Screenplay]
Harold Greene [Story]
Rowland Brown [Story]
Edward Small [Producer]
Paul Sawtell [Original Music]
George E. Diskant [Cinematographer]
Buddy Small [Film Editor]
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Kansas City Confidential (Phil Karlson, 1952, 99')
Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne, with Coleen... Read more
had very little idea what to expect, but was pleasantly suprised - a rather good little crime hoist, noirish whodunnit, as with any critic you feel there could be more, some parts... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2010 by C. C. S. Brooke
This is a good mystery feature. John Payne is a total favourite, plays his role well. Abit of black & white action. Enjoyable to watch!Published on 11 Oct. 2010 by Boosh