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The Sniper (1952)

Approved  |   |  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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Hungrily, he watched her walk down the street...and then he squeezed the trigger! See more »


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This movie marked director Edward Dmytryk's return to directing after being blacklisted and serving time in prison for contempt of court, when he refused to name names of his Communist associates to the House Un-American Activities Committee. As "punishment" for his earlier association with Communist groups, Dmytryk was assigned to direct Adolphe Menjou, who had been one of the most fervent supporters of HUAC in Hollywood. Despite their history of political differences, the two got along fairly well during filming. See more »

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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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References Raiders of Tomahawk Creek (1950) See more »

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Pennies from Heaven
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Words by Johnny Burke (1936)
Played by Marie Windsor in piano bar
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Like a crime scene map. Incredibly rich in detail!
6 February 2001 | by (Huntington, NY) – See all my reviews

Before one word of dialog is uttered in THE SNIPER, we witness a troubled San Francisco youth, Eddie (Arthur Franz) aim a rifle at a kissing couple. The gun is empty, and Eddie breaks down crying as the unsuspecting couple smooch. From then on, this obscure 1952 classic follows Eddie as he goes on a systematic killing spree. We also follow detecives Adolphe Menjou and Richard Kiley rationalizze the insanity and finally close in on Eddie. This film is rich in classic scenes- Eddie, who we know is uncomfortable with women, confronting sexy Marie Windsor. The suspenseful scene where a smokestack painter points out Eddie, the rooftop sniper. Eddie screams at the man to shut up, but they are clearly a half mile away from each other. All this is done in one deep focus shot. My favorite scene is when the police line up and question local sex offenders (Cop to other cops, pointing to man in line up "This is a tough guy.... with small animals." Classic noir.


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