Kansas City Confidential | COLORIZED | John Payne | Film Noir | Crime

Colorized Classic: Kansas City Confidential – An ex-con trying to go straight is framed for a million dollar armored car robbery and must go to Mexico in order to unmask the real culprits.

Kansas City Confidential (1952)
Director: Phil Karlson
Writers: George Bruce(screenplay), Harry Essex(screenplay), Harold Greene(story)
Stars: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Country: United States
Language: English
Also Known As: The Secret Four
Release Date: 7 November 1952 (USA)
Filming Location: Two Harbors, Santa Catalina Island, Channel Islands, California, USA

A down-on-his-luck ex-G.I. finds himself a suspect in an armored car robbery. When he’s finally released after the real robbery vehicle is found, after having been worked-over by the police, he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired thugs and a corrupt cop.

“This is a masterful thriller with a very intelligent and intricate plot, which you will wonder about till the bitter end, when finally everything is cleared by death. John Payne makes a very convincing and admirable role of the innocent man selling flowers who gets framed, and among the hoodlums there is a very young Lee van Cleef, who is already fully fledged and would repeat this character for a number of decades with equal success. There is hardly a noir with a more dramatic introduction to the drama, which will remain hanging in suspense for the rest of the film. Mexico will provide no relief but only a series of settlements, not without fisticuffs and gunfire. The music is also excellent and adds impact to this amazing criminal drama of advanced Moriarty kind of intrigue.”
– written by “clanciai” on IMDb.com

Also Known As (AKA):
(original title) Kansas City Confidential
Argentina (original subtitled version) Los cuatro desconocidos
Australia Kansas City Confidential
Austria Der vierte Mann
Belgium (Flemish title) De vierde man
Belgium (French title) Le quatrième homme
Brazil Os Quatro Desconhecidos
Canada (English title) Kansas City Confidential
Canada (French title) Le quatrième homme
Chile Los cuatro desconocidos
Denmark Politiet jager fire maskerede mænd
Finland (Swedish title) Fyra maskerade män
Finland Neljän naamion salaisuus
France Le quatrième homme
Greece (transliterated title) O 4os anthropos
Hungary Egymillió dolláros zsákmány
Ireland (English title) The Secret Four
Italy Il quarto uomo
Japan (Japanese title) アリバイなき男
Portugal O Segredo dos Quatro
Romania Confidential Kansas City
Slovenia Cetrti clovek
Soviet Union (Russian title) Тайны Канзас-Сити
Spain El cuarto hombre
Sweden 4 maskerade män
UK The Secret Four
UK Kansas City Confidential
USA (working title) Kansas City 117
USA Kansas City Confidential
West Germany Der vierte Mann
Yugoslavia (Serbian title) (literal title) Poverljivo iz Kazas Sitija


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