Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) (1952)
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In this film, John Payne plays an ex-con who just can't seem to get a break. Payne is picked up on suspicion of participating in a robbery masterminded by former Kansas City cop Preston Foster. On the run from the law, Payne assumes the identity of a dead crook.
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as Joe Rolfe
as Helen Foster
as Timothy Foster
as Tony Romano
as Mr. Rogers
as Mrs. Crane
as News Vendor
as Airline Clerk
as Detective Barney
as Detective Mullins
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as Police Dispatcher
as Paul Garcia
as Stickman #1
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Critic Reviews for Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
If Kansas City Confidential was a meal, it would consist of a plate full of spice - but no meat.
Terse and tough, Kansas City Confidential is one of the great lean, mean B crime thrillers...
Audience Reviews for Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
Decent "B" caper flick w/ some noir touches.
Good but not great noir has a decent story and fine acting but could have been a little more tightly directed. Still if you're a fan of the genre this is an entry to watch.
In spite of it's faults (campy dialog, boneheaded criminals, cheesy ending, etc.) Kansas City Confidential is still a keystone in the evolution of the classic heist film. Essential viewing for fans of the genre.
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