An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Lundigan ...
Dorothy Patrick ...
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Police Sgt. Art Collins
Nestor Paiva ...
Benny
Charles D. Brown ...
Police Insp. Mulvaney
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Overbeck
Edwin Max ...
Charlie Roy aka The Judge
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J.C. McGill
Marlo Dwyer ...
Waitress
Archie Twitchell ...
Dixon (as Michael Branden)
Douglas Spencer ...
Phony Judge
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For six months, a strangler has terrorized the city. Calling himself The Judge, he's a self-appointed destroyer of 'evil' who only strikes on rainy nights. Police Lieut. Harry Grant is obsessed with catching him but has failed so far, despite varied clues. And now Harry is further hampered by attractive tabloid reporter Ann Gorman dogging his footsteps. Compactly crafted film with some effective thrills. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Police baffled by the FACELESS KILLER!


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14 July 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'assassin sans visage  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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When Harry is unbuttoning his shirt to take a shower. He has it half way unbuttoned, then in the next shot he is seen unbuttoning it all over again. See more »

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J.C. McGill: I always wanted to throw something out of that window. Ha, I didn't know it would be me.
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Haunting
20 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film when I was 10 years old and it has haunted me all my life. At first I could only remember a guy waiting in a room for someone to come back, but then there was the idea of a crazy murderer who goes bizerk when it rains and then the memory of all these dummies in the police station and the murderer gets in there somehow, I don;t know how, but as he is in the room someone comes in, a policeman, just to check out the dummies and the murderer goes and sits in a chair so he won't be discovered because he looks like all the other dummies that are sitting there, and as he is sitting he is facing a window...and we see that it is beginning to rain...and there is a close up of his hand gripping the arm of the chair...all this is from my memory of the film as a 10-year old - when I managed to discover what the film was with the use of IMDb and got a video and looked at it - it all seemed pretty harmless stuff - I saw the film in a little cinema in Shaftesbury Dorset with my brother. My parents left us there and had no idea what the film was. The memory of the American streets, and the cars and the black and white quality have all stayed with me...


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