Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)1952
Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) (1952)
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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
as Assistant District Atty. Martin
as Police Dispatcher
as Paul Garcia
as Stickman #1
as Stickman #4
Critic Reviews for Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
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.
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.
A down and dirty film noir with all the requisite blood, sweat and double-crosses.
It tells a story without gimmicks or short cuts, and all the people involved -- director Karleson, actors Elam, Van Cleef, Brand -- were not only concerned with the best way to express the material on hand but obviously enjoying themselves.
While George Bruce and Harry Essex's screenplay busts into a rushed showdown followed by a pat resolution, this cascade of meaty characters waiting for a reckoning on Mexican resort plays like the sober version of John Huston's Key Largo.
Audience Reviews for Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
A perfect crime needs a perfect fall guy and, after 3 beatings by police questioners, this fall guy goes looking for the guys that set him up. There's plenty of gunplay and fisticuffs in this tough story about tough guys in a tough world, lots of tension, twists and turns, but it's worth it by the end.
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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