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The Killer Is Loose (1956)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  2 March 1956 (USA)
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An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle.

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Detective Sam Wagner
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Lila Wagner
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Leon 'Foggy' Poole
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Denny (as Alan Hale)
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Detective Chris Gillespie
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Otto Flanders
Dee J. Thompson ...
Grace Flanders
John Beradino ...
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Virginia Christine ...
Paul Bryar ...
Greg Boyd
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A savings-and-loan bank is robbed; later, a police wiretap identifies teller Leon Poole as inside man. In capturing him, detective Sam Wagner accidentally kills Poole's young wife, and at his trial Poole swears vengeance against Wagner. About three years later, Poole (until then a model prisoner) abruptly takes his chance to kill a guard and escape. It's clear during the ensuing manhunt that Poole is obsessed in pursuit of a single end; but not quite the end everyone supposes. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Story of a Cop Who Used His Wife as Bait for a Killer! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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When Sam takes Lila to stay at the Gillespie's house, the exterior shot of the house shows the front door as having a darker frame with lighter colored panels. In the next interior shot, the door is all the same color. The large living room window is also different between interior and exterior shots. See more »

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Psychopath seeks revenge on cop who killed his wife.
18 October 2003 | by (Oakland California) – See all my reviews

Very tight movie until the end. At that point it becomes completely illogical to drive a dramatic finish. However, it is still very enjoyable. Very different from todays crime movies. It's clear that the code is at hand with the separate beds for Cotten and Flemming and very little up close violence.


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