Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) (1952)
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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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...
Falls into that rarefied early-'50s cycle of noir, which benefited from B directors who had learned how to quickly dispense with the genre conventions and deliver brutal action and lurid innuendos.
It's a decent film, but its payoff just isn't up to the level of its buildup.
Phil Karlson's rote heist-revenge flick aims to be stone cold, but can't seem to get any frost to grow around its warm, mushy heart.
Audience Reviews for Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
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.More
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.More
Kansas City Confidential is more of a heist movie as opposed to a film noir flick. And a pretty decent one at that. The title's pretty misleading as most of the action takes place in Mexico. The action and most of what innovation this movie has takes place mostly in the first act but it ends pretty well. A good supporting cast includes the ever-shifty Lee Van Cleef and the crazy eyed Jack Elam. My biggest gripe is that this movie didn't entirely hold my attention throughout but I was pretty surprised as I was expecting a 50s version of CSI. So it's got that going for it. Which is nice...More
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