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The Killer Is Loose (1956)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | February 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.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Harold Medford (screenplay), John Hawkins (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joseph Cotten ... Detective Sam Wagner
Rhonda Fleming ... Lila Wagner
Wendell Corey ... Leon 'Foggy' Poole
Alan Hale Jr. ... Denny (as Alan Hale)
Michael Pate ... Detective Chris Gillespie
John Larch ... Otto Flanders
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... Grace Flanders
John Beradino ... Mac
Virginia Christine ... Mary Gillespie
Paul Bryar ... Greg Boyd
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blutige Hände See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Crown Productions (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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

Quotes

Detective Sam Wagner: Could've been worse, Poole.
Leon 'Foggy' Poole: It was worse, remember? I remember.
Detective Chris Gillespie: Poole, we tried to explain.
Leon 'Foggy' Poole: Someday, Wagner, I'm gonna settle with you for it. I'm certainly gonna settle with you for it.
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Referenced in Trapped Ashes (2006) See more »

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Corey, the man with a murderous mission, could give you nightmares
17 November 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Wendell Corey is superb in this. He's scary in the title role. In some ways, the costume or prop department deserves a lot of credit, because the glasses he wears makes him seem bland yet steady and menacing.

Joseph Cotten and Rhonda Fleming are not convincing cast as a cop and pregnant wife. Ms. Fleming seems ready to burst out of some of her costumes; but not in areas where babies are carried.

Both are good, though. John Larch and Dee J. Thompson are a c couple in the killer's path who are extremely hard to find sympathetic -- as unappealing the script calls for them to be.

Everyone is good in this frightening noir.


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