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The Sniper (1952)

 -  Crime | Film-Noir | Drama  -  9 May 1952 (USA)
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A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.

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Police Lt. Frank Kafka
Arthur Franz ...
Eddie Miller
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Police Sgt. Joe Ferris
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Jean Darr
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Police Insp. Anderson
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Dr. James G. Kent
Mabel Paige ...
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Marlo Dwyer ...
May Nelson
Geraldine Carr ...
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Apparently rejected by women all his life, a loner with a high-power rifle starts on a trail of murder. The police are baffled by the apparently random killings until their psychologist comes up with some ideas. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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police | rifle | killing | sniper | murder | See All (190) »

Taglines:

To the police - stop me. Find me and stop me. I'm going to do it again. See more »


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9 May 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Az orvlövész  »

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Trivia

Arthur Franz showed up to interview with just producer Stanley Kramer, but Kramer was so impressed he called in director Edward Dmytryk, and both thought Franz was right for the Eddie Miller part. See more »

Goofs

Miller takes a full beer out of the refrigerator and takes one sip, but in the next shot, 80% of the bottle is empty. See more »

Quotes

Police Sgt. Joe Ferris: No word from the boyfriend yet?
Police Lt. Frank Kafka: He'll probably turn up as soon as he reads the papers. From what I know about musicians, they're not so neat when they want to get rid of their dames.
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Plaisir D'Amour
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Composed by Johann Martini (as Jean-Paul Egide Martini)
Played by Marie Windsor in piano bar
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realistic study of a serial killer
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I saw this long ago and I highly recommend that you seek this out for viewing. Please excuse any lapses of memory. This interesting study of a loner(B Movie actor Arthur Franz gives the performance of his career!) who hates women and is compelled to shoot them. As a manhunt ensues in the city (San Francisco I recall), the victims begin to mount until there is a suspenseful climax. A young Richard Kiley and venerable Adolphe Menjou(who ironically played in some daring dramas like Paths of Glory-yet testified before the House UnAmericans Committee for the blacklists)play the lead detectives.

Suffice it to say that this film not only deals intelligently with a serious subject matter, it ends in such a believable and non-cliched way that I loved this film!

Fritz Lang's M was probably the best of this genre and Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer was pretty impressive for a modern audience. Somewhere in between, The Sniper has its place from a fifties sensibility as a sleeper to be studied by today's more discerning audiences. Indeed, as Marnie is being rediscovered for its merits, The Sniper is a film ahead of its time.


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