MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 38,929 this week

The Mugger (1958)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  November 1958 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 71 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 3 critic

An unidentified city is plagued by a mysterious mugger who attacks women at night, steals their purses, and cuts them on their left cheek. A police shrink, Dr. Pete Graham, is called in ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel) (as Ed McBain) ,
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 891 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
a list of 151 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 52 titles
created 08 Mar 2013
 
a list of 2240 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 84 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Mugger" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Mugger (1958)

The Mugger (1958) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Mugger.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A mobster (Quinn) springs a condemmed murderer (Grainger) because he got his sister (Bancroft) pregnant.

Director: Maxwell Shane
Stars: Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, Anne Bancroft
The Last Mile (1959)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A prison break is attempted the same night an execution occurs on death row.

Director: Howard W. Koch
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Frank Overton, Michael Constantine
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When FBI Agent Zack Stewart is killed, Agent John Ripley takes over the three cases he was working on, hoping one will lead to his killer. The first involves gangster Joe Walpo and Ripley ... See full summary »

Director: Arnold Laven
Stars: Broderick Crawford, Ruth Roman, Martha Hyer
Hell Bound (1957)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A criminal gang plots the robbery of a ship carrying $2 million worth of surplus narcotics left over from World War II. The plan goes awry when the gang leader's girlfriend falls for an ... See full summary »

Director: William J. Hole Jr.
Stars: John Russell, June Blair, Stuart Whitman
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Young Federal gang-busters in action, with pauses for romance.

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Richard Arlen, Virginia Bruce, Alice Brady
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An unhinged, deceptively mild-mannered bank robber escapes prison, seeking revenge on the cop who accidentally killed his wife during a gun battle.

Director: Budd Boetticher
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An aircraft designer falls for the wife of an imprisoned gangster. All goes well until the gangster gets out of prison...

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: George Raft, Joan Bennett, Lloyd Nolan
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In pre-Castro Cuba, Ned Sherwood is caught between police and counterfeiters.

Director: Richard Wilson
Stars: Rossana Rory, Errol Flynn, Francisco Canero
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Kathy leaves the newspaper business to marry homicide detective Bill but is frustrated by his lack of ambition and the banality of life in the suburbs. Her drive to advance Bill's career soon takes her down a dangerous path.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Sterling Hayden, Raymond Burr
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

People are trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, brain-eating giant crabs. Roger Corman directs.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson
No Escape (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When the available evidence in a murder case points to a young woman as the main suspect, her boyfriend, a police detective, arranges for a struggling songwriter who is playing piano in a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Bennett
Stars: Lew Ayres, Sonny Tufts, Marjorie Steele
Johnny Cool (1963)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Colini, an exiled American gangster living in Sicily, rescues Giordano, a young Sicilian outlaw, from the police. After Giordano is groomed, polished, and renamed "Johnny Cool," Colini ... See full summary »

Director: William Asher
Stars: Henry Silva, Elizabeth Montgomery, Richard Anderson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kent Smith ...
Dr. Pete Graham
...
Claire Townsend
...
Eddie Baxter
...
Fats Donner
...
Sergeant Cassidy
...
John Alexander ...
Chief of Police
Arthur Storch ...
Jack Skippy Randolph
Bert Thorn ...
Franklin Corey
Albert Dannibal ...
Officer Connelly
Connie Van Ess ...
Katherine Elio
Dolores Sutton
Sandra Church ...
Jeannie Page
Joan Morgan
Edit

Storyline

An unidentified city is plagued by a mysterious mugger who attacks women at night, steals their purses, and cuts them on their left cheek. A police shrink, Dr. Pete Graham, is called in when one of the mugger's victims turns up dead. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El mutilador de rostros  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Renée Taylor. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Police psychiatrist tracks down mugger and murderer in this minor and flawed noir
17 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This noir has a decent plot, some decent staging and cinematography, and some decent acting. But it also has an inept script and some awkward acting. The director should have gone for more takes, but the budget probably prevailed.

Overall, it's watchable but one has to sit through too much awkwardness. The result is uneven. Even veteran Kent Smith looks quite uncomfortable at times in this one. James Franciscus, in his second movie, could not handle his lines well, and they weren't good to begin with. I suspect that his fellow novice in this film, George Maharis, might have handled the role better.

At times, the movie comes across like a pilot for a TV series.

Being a noir completist, I'm glad to have seen this, and it appears that the plot is engaging enough and different enough, being from an Ed McBain story, to make the movie enjoyable for many others. Just don't expect a totally smooth product. But do expect a few good night scenes in which the mugger appears and do enjoy the work of Nan Martin as a policewoman. She had sex appeal and charisma. She subsequently did a lot of TV.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Mugger (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?