Kansas City Confidential. 1952. USA. Directed by Phil Karlson. With John Payne, Coleen Gray, Lee Van Cleef, Jack Elam. 99 min.
Karlson was among the tough-minded Hollywood directors whose noir-themed work film programmer Steve Brown introduced to Club 57 audiences. Another crime boss, another dangerously eccentric gang of gunmen, some corrupt policing, and a complicated armored car robbery are the familiar elements. When an innocent ex-con is framed, his efforts to clear himself inevitably end in a murderous double-cross and tainted romance.