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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
John Larch ...
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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He was no ordinary killer... She was no ordinary victim... This is no ordinary motion picture! See more »

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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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The rear view mirror inside Sam Wagner's Ford is missing during the interior shots, but visible from the outside 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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