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Without Warning! (1952)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 May 1952 (USA)
Quiet, unobtrusive LA citizen Carl Martin picks up look-alikes for his estranged blonde wife and murders them with garden shears.

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Carl Martin
Meg Randall ...
Jane Saunders
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Lt. Pete Hamilton
Harlan Warde ...
Police Detective Sgt. Don Warde
John Maxwell ...
Fred Saunders
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Blonde
Byron Kane ...
Police Chemist Charlie Wilkins
Charles Tannen ...
Wolf
Marilee Phelps ...
Virginia
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Wilson, Motel Manager
Connie Vera ...
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Dr. Werner, Police Psychiatrist
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Carl Martin is a morose and deranged Los Angeles gardener, who,in retribution for the infidelity of his unfaithful wife, sets about to kill as many blonde's as he can. From the time the film opens, to the sound of a radio turned up full-blast over the still-warm corpse of a blonde, the audience knows the identity of the killer. The film depicts, with documentary realism as it was shot on location in and around Los Angeles, how the police, using laboratory techniques against the few clues they have, track down Martin. Their key clue is a spring from a pair of garden shears. The police move in just as Martin is about to add Jane Saunders, the daughter of a greenhouse owner, to his long list of victims. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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All Blonde... All Beautiful... All Bait! See more »


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8 May 1952 (USA)  »

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Film debut of Michael Fox. See more »

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When the police are up at Martin's place to apprehend him, as the chase begins, the whole crew is reflected on the police's black car. See more »

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"There never was a good shortcut to a killer....they found that out."
6 June 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Without Warning!" is a film that actually caught me by surprise. While it's a low-budget picture with mostly no-name cast (the biggest star is the character actor Edward Binns), it is a first-rate film about the police and their relentless search for a serial killer. However, these cops don't work over witnesses or act tough--they do what real cops do and the film is well worth seeing for its CSI-like style.

The film is about the search for a serial killer who remains very true to type. He loves murdering young bleach blondes who look very similar. He also kills them the same way...with a pair of gardening shears. But with very, very few clues since the killer is very bright, the police must slowly put the pieces together and do a lot of legwork to catch up to Carl Martin...a very nasty but seemingly normal sort of guy.

The film excels at showing forensics and describing police work. It also is taut and keeps the viewer interested not just in procedure but in the story itself...which seems very real and free from glamour and clichés. Well worth seeing and a film that deserves to be seen.


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