A fast-moving, suspenseful entry for the action market [from a story by Harold R. Greene and Rowland Brown].

A fast-moving, suspenseful entry for the action market [from a story by Harold R. Greene and Rowland Brown].

Mastermind of a holdup on a Kansas City bank is former police captain Preston Foster. Wearing a mask to conceal his identity, he rounds up three gunmen to pull the job. Heist is executed successfully but police seize ex-con John Payne as a prime suspect.

Cleared later, Payne hunts down the gang whom he suspects of framing him. It’s a dangerous mission that leads to Guatemala.

With exception of the denouement, director Phil Karlson reins his cast in a grim atmosphere that develops momentum through succeeding reels.

Payne delivers an impressive portrayal of an unrelenting outsider who cracks the ring.

Kansas City Confidential

Production

Edward Small/United Artists. Director Phil Karlson; Producer Edward Small; Screenplay George Bruce, Harry Essex; Camera George Diskant; Editor Buddy Small; Music Paul Sawtell; Art Director Edward L. Ilon

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1952. Running time: 98 MIN.

With

John Payne Coleen Gray Preston Foster Lee Van Cleef Neville Brand Jack Elam
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