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

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 11, 1952
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Terse and tough, Kansas City Confidential is one of the great lean, mean B crime thrillers, with a bang-up opening, a deadly payoff and a shifting set of identities and alliances that keep pulling the rug from under our hero.

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Sean Axmaker
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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A down and dirty picture with all the requisite blood, sweat and double-crosses. ... The biggest thrill is watching Jack Elam as the most nervous of the hoods.

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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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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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Flixster Audience Score: 76% 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