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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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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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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 »

Goofs

In Mayors office with Liddele, the of the street (Van Ness Avenue), there is an electric bus and people waiting at the crosswalk in the picture they used for outside of the window. Obviously, the Bus nor people ever move. 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 that neat when they decide to get rid of their dames.
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Referenced in A Tribute to Stanley Kramer (2004) 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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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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