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The Killer Is Loose (1956)

 -  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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Otto Flanders
Dee J. Thompson ...
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Mary Gillespie
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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 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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A Tale of Things to Come
27 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

By the mid 1950's the stylish, expressionistic, and piercing pictures called film-noir were waning because of the less pessimistic persona of the suburban saturated society and that began to heavily influence American pop culture.

The urban environment was becoming increasingly more lower class and that generally is unattractive to movie audiences who were now, more than ever, isolating themselves in a coating of a prefabricated paradise.

This film moved the noir sensibility out of the city and into nice homes with lawns and shiny kitchen appliances, TV sets, and marital myopia. But a-oh, not as safe as it seems. "The Killer is Loose" and he is about to upset utopia.

The Director's edgy style combined with a very convincing cross-dressing, catatonic who talks to himself and viciously and violently acts in a detached, very modern serial killer psychotic trance is disturbingly delivered and the shadows in the post-modern soul cannot be illuminated by the reflection of a brightly lit "fenced" community and all of its electric eccentricities.

A tale of things to come.


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