Kansas City Confidential

Kansas City Confidential

John Payne
Director: Phil Karlson Cast: John Payne
John Payne
, Coleen Gray
Coleen Gray
, Preston S. Foster
Preston S. Foster
Phil Karlson


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Kansas City Confidential, Phil Karlson's low (low) budget, B-grade film noir, opens on a Kansas City armored-car robbery perpetrated by cynical, corrupt ex-policeman Timothy Foster (Preston S. Foster). Foster devises an outrageous scheme: he will recruit three of the most vicious and unrelenting criminals he can find (screen heavies Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam and Neville Brand) to undertake a robbery, blackmailing them into the heist with incriminating evidence from other "jobs." As an eccentric and clever conceit, Foster forces each of the perpetrators to wear masks, thus concealing their identities from one another and preventing the old pitfall of the men squealing and backstabbing. The heist comes off without a scratch, but a complication arises when the ignorant cops pick up an unrelated fellow, Joe Rolfe (John Payne) for his ownership of a van similar to the one used in the caper. In time, Rolfe is cleared, but he grows irate over the accusations and sets off to find Foster and co. and teach them a lesson. He finally happens upon one of the perpetrators in Mexico, beats him nearly to death, and assumes the victim's identity - and that's when things really get complicated. Though produced under the Hays Code censorship regulations, Kansas City Confidential constituted one of the most brutal and violent crime pictures made up through that time; as such, it retains historical significance. It also claims a strong cult following.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/05/2018
UPC: 0889290005212
Original Release: 1952
Source: Film Detective
Sales rank: 29,676

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Payne Joe Rolfe
Coleen Gray Helen
Preston S. Foster Timothy Foster
Lee Van Cleef Tony
Neville Brand Kane
Jack Elam Harris
Howard Negley Andrews
Mario Siletti Timaso
Dona Drake Teresa
Helen Kleeb Mrs. Crane
Vivi Janiss Mrs. Rogers
Ted Ryan Morelli
George Wallace Olson
Don Orlando Diaz
Thomas P. Dillon Actor
Ric Roman Brother
Carlos Rivero Actor
Archie Twitchell Police
House Peters Police
George Dockstader Police
Don House Police
Brick Sullivan Police
Jack Shea Police
Tom Greenway Police
Kay Wiley Woman
Harry Hines News Vendor
Mike Lally Shooter
Charles Sherlock Stickman
Charles Sullivan Player
Sam Scar Player
Barry Brooks Player
Eddie Foster Player
Joe Ray Houseman
Paul Dubov Eddie
Sam Pierce Workman
William Haade Detective Barney
Charles Cane Detective Mullins
Ray Bennett Prisoner
Orlando Beltran Porter
Carleton Young Assistant District Atty. Martin
Phil Tead Collins
Lee Phelps Jailer
Tom Dillon Police
Paul Fierro Police
Al Hill Shooter
Frank Scannell Stickman

Technical Credits
Phil Karlson Director
Rowland Brown Screenwriter
George Bruce Screenwriter
George E. Diskant Cinematographer
Harry J. Essex Screenwriter
Harold R. Greene Original Story
Edward Ilou Art Director
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Buddy Small Editor
Edward Small Producer

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