Kansas City Confidential

Kansas City Confidential

Phil Karlson (1952)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Director Phil Karlson turned out a number of commendably gritty, modestly budgeted crime films and this is a good example. Its ingenious story (by Rowland Brown and Harold R Greene) has John Payne's ex-convict become a detective to unearth an ex-policeman turned criminal mastermind. It features the innovative touch (taken from the 1950 Brink's hold-up) of bank robbers wearing grotesque masks to conceal their identities. Someone had a sharp eye for casting as the three accomplices are played by a young Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam and Neville Brand.


An ex-con is wrongly imprisoned for an elaborate robbery carried out by a corrupt cop and his cronies, and vows revenge on them for his predicament. Drama, starring John Payne, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef and Jack Elam.

Cast & Crew

Joe Rolfe John Payne
Helen Coleen Gray
Timothy Foster Preston Foster
Teresa Dona Drake
Harris Jack Elam
Kane Neville Brand
Tony Lee Van Cleef
Timaso Mario Siletti
Director Phil Karlson
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Other Information

Language: English, SpanishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD