Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Kansas City Confidential is a 1952 black-and-white crime film directed by Phil Karlson and starring John Payne. Karlson and Payne teamed up a year later for another black-and-white film, this time a noir, titled 99 River Street, followed by a 1955 color film, Hell’s Island.

In Kansas City Confidential, perennial movie bad guys Lee Van Cleef, Neville Brand and Jack Elam play thugs and criminal associates. Although the title would suggest that the story takes place in Kansas City, most of the film actually takes place at a fictitious resort and port in Mexico. The tag line for the film was, “Exploding like a gun in your face!” Kansas City Confidential was director Karlson’s second crime film; he also directed Scandal Sheet, also released in 1952, which proved to be a modest commercial success. wiki

Readers Comments (2)

  1. Just a humble comment on my part: “Kansas City Confidential,” with John Payne, is among my top half-a-dozen or so favorite movies of all time. Please don’t miss it, especially if you are fond of movies of the 1940s (that’s the best ever decade for movies, I think). Well, the vast majority of my favorites were made in those years; although, I must say, I wasn’t even born until a decade later. I’ve watched about 80% of the ’40s movies – as well as other oldies (i.e., all movies prior, say, 1960 or thereabouts) – in the past 10 years or so, mostly on Turner Classic Movies on Cable TV….

  2. Great movie!

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