Kansas City Confidential

Synopsis: A down-on-his-luck ex-GI finds himself framed for an armored car robbery. When he's finally released for lack of evidence--after having been beaten up and tortured by the police--he sets out to discover who set him up, and why. The trail leads him into Mexico and a web of hired killers and corrupt cops.
Director(s): Phil Karlson
Production: United Artists
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

- Hello, Pete.

- You've got a wrong number.

Don't hang up on me again, Pete.

If I was a cop or one of the boys,

I wouldn't bother calling,

-I'd just walk in on you.

- I'm trying to tell you, you got a...

I'm doing the telling, Pete.

I didn't crack to the clerk

your name's not Johnson.

Listen, whoever you are...

I'm your one chance

to get out from under.

Three hundred grand and clean getaway.

Out of the country.

Who is this?

If you're interested, come to Room 302,

Baker Hotel, 10:
00 tonight.

Hey, wait a minute!

Come in.

No change, Pete? Still jumpy.

That was a sucker move,

burning down your boss.

You had him all wrong.

He never crossed you.

But you're a guy who shoots first

and thinks afterward.

In your spot I'd almost choose the cops,

even if it is a first degree murder rap.

It's lucky I spotted you.

What's so lucky about being dead?

I'm going to take care of a guy,

just a little too smart.

Take off the mask.

Come on, take it off. I don't like games.

What makes a two-bit heel like you

think a heater would give him an edge

over me?

I ought to ram it down your throat.

What's waiting for you, Harris?

The chair? The gas chamber?

Or just a rope?

How do I know that line you handed me

on the phone's on the level?

Your voice don't even sound the same.

Neither will yours

when you put on a mask.

- Who else figures in it besides me?

- You ask too many questions.

And I'm not getting any answers.

I like to know who I work with.

When do we make the split?

And who do I take my orders from?

Get out of here.

All right, I'll get out.

Fat choice you're giving me.

You know the bind I'm in.

Take it or leave it.

You said three hundred grand for my end?

At least, free and clear,

only you do it my way.

Nobody sees the others without a mask,

even when we make the split,

and I decide where and when

that takes place.

That makes it all foolproof.

Okay, you got yourself a boy, now what?

Stay in your room.

Keep out of sight till I call you.

Do a little thinking next time,

before you use it.

Don't get any wrong ideas about me.

I don't shove around this easy.

I'll give you a chance to show me how

hot you are on the job.

You're a three-time loser, Tony.

Not yet, I ain't.

The police know

you drove the getaway car.

This time it's life and no chance of parole.

This time, Tony, you go up for life

under the Habitual Criminal Act,

with no chance of parole.

You don't have to tell me the score.

- Then it is a deal?

- Okay.

But no dames, understand? No dames.

Look, friend, if you don't like it,

don't knock it.

What makes you think I can't go on

doing all right?

If I can spot you back of those

trick cheaters so can the cops.

This job you're talking about.

I'd said I'd listen.

You're a cop-killer.

You killed one on that last deal.

I don't like heroes.

You can tell that to the warden

when they burn you.

So, I'm still listening.

- Why don't you watch where you're

going? - I'm sorry, lady, I didn't see you.

Here's the description, Mac.

All units stand by, a 117.

Attention all units, a 117.

Here's a description of the suspects

involved in the armed robbery

of the Southwest Bank.

Three men, masked,

wearing identical coveralls.

They are driving a light delivery car

belonging to the

Western Wholesale Florists.

Use extreme caution. All are armed.

Pull over.

we have the suspect florist truck.

Twentieth and Jackson.

- Hey, what is this?

- Put your hands on the back of your neck

- and come on out.

- Come on, come on, get out.

You guys nuts?

- Shut up.

- You, in there, come on out.

One at a time, with your hands in the air.

All right, you, if your pals have any ideas,

you'd better start talking.

- You're going to open it.

- Open what?

You're crazy!

There's nothing in there but flowers.

Open it.

Where'd you drop them off? Come on, talk.

We must have rolled 300 miles.

If they ain't dropped us by now,

they'll never get us.

When do we make the split?

The split's

what I'm gonna talk about.

Four kings, a pat hand.

That's just what we're holding.

Hang on to those cards.

I've got everything covered, but in case

something does go wrong

and I can't make the payoff myself,

the cards will identify you

to whoever I send with the money.

Say that again.

We'll cut up the money when I think it's

had time enough to cool off.

Right now is good enough for me.

Let's cut this horsing around.

How far do you think you'd get

with hot money?

Every cop in the state's out looking for us.

- I'll take my chances.

- I told you, the mask stays on.

Sure you told us.

It's a pat hand only because nobody can

rat on you.

You can't even rat on each other

because you've never seen each

other without those masks.

I've made you cop-proof

and stoolpigeon-proof

and it's going to stay that way.

- Talk money.

- All right.

I got one of these for each of you,

with enough money to keep you

comfortable while you're waiting,

but not enough to get you into trouble.

For the 300 G's that's coming to me,

I can stand a little trouble.

Make up your mind.

Which way's it gonna be?

You'll find tickets for where you're going.

You're each going to a different

foreign country. Stay there

till I wire you where and when to come,

and keep those masks.

You'll be wearing them at the payoff.

This is where you got off. Hit that buzzer.

Open the door.


- What about me?

- I'll tell you when.

It's odd that you'd stop at that florists

next to the bank

twice in the same morning.

Once was all I was there.

Then the woman who identified

you is a liar?

No, she's telling the truth.

I did bump into her.

And the other witnesses who swear

your truck was the getaway car,

they're telling the truth, too?

They're wrong if they say I had anything

to do with the robbery.

You want me to believe

there was a duplicate truck.

I wouldn't know. I wasn't there.

- You were framed, then. Is that it?

- Yeah.

And that year you spent in the pen?

Did anyone frame you on that rap?

Ask the Captain here,

he was the arresting officer.

A real model citizen.

Look, just because I got in a

jam over a gambling bet

doesn't make me a bank robber.

- The boy wants pity.

- What about the truck?

If I knew the answer to that,

I wouldn't be here now.

How's this for an answer?

There was no other truck.

Listen, I...

Mr. Andrews, here,

with the insurance company,

he's willing to give you a break,

aren't you, Scott?

- He knows we are.

- Same questions, same answers.

- You can save your breath.

- It's my job, Joe.

After all, we've got to make good the loss.

In fact, we're willing to pay out as

much as 25 % of the money as a reward.

That's $300,000 for a lead, Joe.

You're an industrial engineer, aren't you?

- I never graduated.

- That's right.

Left school to enlist with the engineers.

Pretty good soldier, too.

Bronze Star, Purple Heart.

Try and buy a cup of coffee with them.

Came back to resume his studies at night.

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