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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.



(screen play by), (story by) (as Edna and Edward Anhalt) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview:
Police Lt. Frank Kafka
Eddie Miller
Police Sgt. Joe Ferris
Jean Darr
Police Insp. Anderson
Dr. James G. Kent
Mabel Paige ...
May Nelson
Geraldine Carr ...


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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Release Date:

7 August 1952 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

El Francotirador  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Karen Sharpe. See more »


When the policeman (Robert Foulk) is running to catch the young kid with the rifle on the roof of a building he jumps off the same roof twice onto a lower roof. See more »


E.R. doctor: [talking to the duty nurse] You know how much coffee I've had today? 17 cups. The Brazilians ought to give me a medal.
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References Raiders of Tomahawk Creek (1950) See more »


Plaisir d'amour
Music by Johann Martini
Played by Marie Windsor in piano bar
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A taut psychological study--pioneer of its genre.
29 September 2000 | by (Washington State) – See all my reviews

This is a sleeper's sleeper--rarely seen, and difficult to rent on video and even harder to rent on 16mm. An opening letterbox announces "The Sniper" as a study of one man's violence against women. From there on, it does all of that in a highly charged, suspenseful storytelling style. This movie was shot on location in San Francisco, and the closing "chase" sequence--odd and highly symbolic concerning what ails the killer--is classic. This writer interviewed the director (Edward Dmytryk) about this and other scenes in "The Sniper", and though the interview was done in 1994 (Dmytryk was 80+ at that time) his artistic recall of "The Sniper" impressed. At that time, he had never been interviewed about that movie since its release. Arthur Franz played the killer, doing a wonderful job. And overall, the writing and acting in "The Sniper" is tight and extremely convincing. The opening shot of "The Sniper" catches you up in the plight of both the public at large, and the killer--and from there, it is quite a ride. Yet "The Sniper" is more than entertainment--it is indeed a classic early study of violence against women (With Richard Kiley playing the psychiatrist). If you can rent this--get it!

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