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The Sniper (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 August 1952 (Denmark)
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
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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
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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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They were all brunettes... all under 30... and they all crossed the path of "THE SNIPER" See more »


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El Francotirador  »

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Final credited film appearance of Geraldine Carr. 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 Photographer: [Referring to photographing the dead body] How about one with the sheet off, Lieutenant? Just one, that's all.
Police Lt. Frank Kafka: Not a chance!
Police Photographer: Why not? What's the matter?
Police Lt. Frank Kafka: Listen, food's too expensive to spoil people's appetite for breakfast. I wouldn't want a dead girl on my front page.
Police Photographer: You've got one anyway.
Police Lt. Frank Kafka: I don't like dead girls on the front page or anywhere else.
Police Sgt. Joe Ferris: [Interjecting] Should've been with me last night. You wouldn't have liked a couple of live ones. I had a lot of trouble last night.
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Referenced in America's Sweethearts (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Superb study of psychotic killer and the race to subdue him

This is one of those true gems of a film that remind one of what the medium can accomplish. As we both follow the killer and the police who are trying to catch him, we are fascinated with and sympathetically interested in the man - a rare feat for both a screenwriter and director. Arthur Franz is superb as Andy, the psychologically disturbed misogynistic killer of brunette women. Franz made 56 films from 1948 to 1982 and here gives a superlative performance as the haunted young man. He is unable to deal with rejection and finds it constantly in every interaction with what seems a very hostile world (post-Korean War San Francisco - shot on location). He reaches out for help and is ignored. The film is a plea for tolerance, understanding and prevention of sexually offensive criminology and as such has a most intelligent screenplay. The direction by Edward Dmytryk is top notch and the Cinematography is superbly framed throughout. Shame on the Academy for giving it only a Best Story Oscar Nom - it deserved to be represented for Direction, Screenplay, Cinematography and Score. This is one to seek out and savor. A terrific accomplishment.


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