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.

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