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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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May Nelson
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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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7 August 1952 (Denmark)  »

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El Francotirador  »

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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 »

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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 »

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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References Raiders of Tomahawk Creek (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Plaisir d'amour
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Music by Johann Martini
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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