Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
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Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
Kansas City Confidential, Phil Karlson's low (low) budget, B-grade film noir, opens on a Kansas City armored-car robbery perpetrated by cynical, corrupt ex-policeman Timothy Foster (Preston S. Foster). Foster devises an outrageous scheme: he will recruit three of the most vicious and unrelenting criminals he can find (screen heavies Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam and Neville Brand) to undertake a robbery, blackmailing them into the heist with incriminating evidence from other "jobs." As an eccentric and clever conceit, Foster forces each of the perpetrators to wear masks, thus… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If Kansas City Confidential was a meal, it would consist of a plate full of spice - but no meat."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"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."
‑ Sean Howe, Slant Magazine
"An amazing little film."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Terse and tough, Kansas City Confidential is one of the great lean, mean B crime thrillers..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"It's a decent film, but its payoff just isn't up to the level of its buildup."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"An action-packed film noir directed by Phil Karlson."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Great heist tale, with good visual style."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"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."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
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