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The Sniper (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 9 May 1952 (USA)
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
Mabel Paige ...
Landlady
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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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9 May 1952 (USA)  »

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El Francotirador  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In an early example of product placement, Arthur Franz as Eddie Miller drinks a Blatz beer from Marie Windsor's refrigerator. See more »

Goofs

In Eddie's final rooftop scene, the high-angle white-washer throws his pail to warn the workers entering the cleaners. The pail and its contents splatter on the ground. After Eddie shoots the white-washer and the camera returns to the the workers, the pavement is unmarred. See more »

Quotes

Police Insp. Anderson: [noticing that curious onlookers are sticking their heads out of nearby windows] You know, some solid citizens are gonna' get their brains blown out if they don't pull their heads in... not that they got any brains to begin with.
Police Lt. Frank Kafka: Why don't you tell 'em?
Police Insp. Anderson: I'm waiting for the sound truck...
Police Insp. Anderson: [Sound truck has arrived, Anderson comes over the loudspeakers] This is Inspector Anderson speaking. Will the people please get their heads out of their windows? I repeat: get your heads out of the windows. There...
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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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Franz's return of the invisible man (w/out the laughs)
6 March 2006 | by (Whaleyville, VA) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to not only find this on e-bay, but secure a viewable copy. Finally got around to watching it last night. I did not connect the actor Arthur Franz (in the credits) with the face until the opening scenes in the film, but immediately made a connection. This is the same guy from Abbott & Costello Meet the Invisible Man. And he was just a little creepy in that comedy (which I like a lot). With that, I knew Franz was going to be excellently cast as the sick young man(I got the film to get another look at Marie Windsor). This is a very well done story and the violent scenes are not dated (you try making an effective film with the production codes and social conventions from 1952, Mr. Know-it-all), but detached and cold. This one drives the point home. And while Arthur Franz did not get an Oscar nomination (maybe he did not deserve one), he could have the satisfaction of knowing he turned in a solid performance.


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