THIS GREAT SHOT OF JOHNPAYNE IS FEATURED ON JAKE HINKSON’S THE NIGHT EDIOR BLOG . . .
Payne is maybe the most underrated noir leading man, a gruff everyman with disappointed eyes and a choked voice. He was never anguished, though. He was too busy busting heads. He trained for the hard stuff in Larceny and The Crooked Way, but the real pugilism began when he started making movies with director Phil Karlson. Their terrific Kansas City Confidential features a centerpiece brawl with Payne facing down Lee Van Cleef and Neville Brand.
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