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The Killer Is Loose (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 March 1956 (USA)
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 ...
Mac
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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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2 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Blutige Hände  »

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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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Skill and Economy

Watching "A Killer is Loose" it's not hard to see how Budd Boetticher garnered a reputation as one of the top B movie directors. With the limited resources allotted to the makers of B movies, not to mention the casting of often second rate actors, a lot of skill went into creating the few B movies which have endured.

Boetticher gets good performances from leads Joseph Cotton and Wendell Corey (not strictly B movie actors) as well a surprisingly convincing Rhonda Fleming. The work of veteran cinematographer Lucien Ballard contributes much to the success of this taut, well written thriller.

While not a classic, its remains a fine example of its genre and worth a look.


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