Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four)
Kansas City Confidential (The Secret Four) (1952)

In this film, John Payne plays an ex-con who just can't seem to get a break. Payne is picked up on suspicion of participating in a robbery masterminded by former Kansas City cop Preston Foster. On the run from the law, Payne assumes the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Phil Hall
Film Snobbery

If Kansas City Confidential was a meal, it would consist of a plate full of spice - but no meat.

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Sean Howe
Slant Magazine

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An amazing little film.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

Terse and tough, Kansas City Confidential is one of the great lean, mean B crime thrillers...

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

It's a decent film, but its payoff just isn't up to the level of its buildup.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An action-packed film noir directed by Phil Karlson.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Great heist tale, with good visual style.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Decent "B" caper flick w/ some noir touches.
Michael Gildea
Kansas City Confidential is more of a heist movie as opposed to a film noir flick. And a pretty decent one at that. The title's pretty misleading as most… More
jay nixon
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… More
Stella Dallas
tough talkin' heist flick with some interesting twists
Randy Tippy
In spite of it's faults (campy dialog, boneheaded criminals, cheesy ending, etc.) <i>Kansas City Confidential</i> is still a keystone in the… More
Byron Brubaker
May have inspired Affleck's The Town a bit. Also a bit similar to The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (the original at least). A bank heist is… More