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.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Essex, George Bruce, Rowland Brown, Harry J. Essex
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 4, 2002
United Artists - Official Site


as Joe Rolfe

as Helen Foster

as Timothy Foster

as Tony Romano

as Teresa

as Harris

as Timaso

as Morelli

as Mr. Rogers

as Mrs. Crane

as Woman

as News Vendor

as Shooter

as Player

as Houseman

as Bouncer

as Eddie

as Brother

as Workman

as Airline Clerk

as Detective Barney

as Detective Mullins

as Prisoner

as Houseman

as Assistant District A...

as Collins

as Jailer

as Police Dispatcher

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Paul Garcia

as Stickman #1

as Stickman #4
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Critic Reviews for Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If Kansas City Confidential was a meal, it would consist of a plate full of spice - but no meat.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
Film Snobbery

Terse and tough, Kansas City Confidential is one of the great lean, mean B crime thrillers...

Full Review… | February 20, 2011
Parallax View

Great heist tale, with good visual style.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)

Decent "B" caper flick w/ some noir touches.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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