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Cop Hater (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 October 1958 (USA)
The hardworking detectives of the 87th Precinct in an unnamed city during a massive heat wave investigate the seemingly random murders of policemen.


William Berke


Evan Hunter (novel) (as Ed McBain), Henry Kane (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Loggia ... Detective Steve Carelli
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Detective Mike Maguire (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Ellen Parker ... Teddy Franklin
Shirley Ballard Shirley Ballard ... Alice Maguire
Russell Hardie ... Detective Lt. Byrnes
Hal Riddle Hal Riddle ... Mercer
Bill Neff Bill Neff ... Kling - Rookie Cop (as William Neff)
Gene Miller Gene Miller ... Miller - Reporter
Vincent Gardenia ... Danny the Gimp (as Vince Gardenia)
John Gerstad John Gerstad ... Laboratory Technician
Ralph Stantley Ralph Stantley ... Detective Hal Willis
Glenn Cannon ... Rip - Gang Leader (as Glen Gannon)
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Clark - Newlywed
Sandra Stevens Sandra Stevens ... Newlywed Wife
Janet Manson Janet Manson ... Maggie Reardon (as Jan Kalionzes)


The hardworking detectives of the 87th Precinct in an unnamed city during a massive heat wave investigate the seemingly random murders of policemen.

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Cop Bait! She winks... she loves... she kills... and it's always a guy with a badge! See more »


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Film debut of Steve Franken. See more »


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Detective Mike Maguire: It's the hottest night of the year and you're fresh and clean like a daisy in a meadow. You smell sweeter than all the daisies in all the meadows all over the world.
Alice Maguire: Oh, you're wet! You're oozing wet!
Detective Mike Maguire: You used to like it when I was oozing wet.
Alice Maguire: Well, I don't like it now.
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A modest inside view of an ordinary police precinct looking for a brutal killer
4 June 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Cop Hater (1958)

This is no brilliant affair, but it's more enjoyable than you might expect. It centers around a precinct police station and a group of guys who are suddenly on a manhunt for a cop killer. While that part of the plot has its small moments, it's the interaction between these guys, including some honest fun banter (not tough guy stuff), that really works. And two or three of the main cops are good actors, holding their own.

There are women on the side, one a searing beauty of some sort (a bit exaggerated and stiff, but you get the idea when she's on), the other a sharp and stylish deaf and mute woman played by Ellen Parker. These types are obviously meant to be opposites, one sympathetic and modest, the other full of herself and untrustworthy.

There is a Latino gang that figures into play eventually, and that gets a little crazy in its own way. And the leader is Glenn Cannon, who went on to have a long career on t.v. This is his first movie and he's pretty terrific for his four minutes of fame.

Otherwise this is a conventionally filmed crime film. Don't expect a gritty or moody film noir, because it's not that. But do expect a well paced plot with some nice interpersonal stuff. Probably has more honesty to it than most crime movies of the time, which are pumped up with types and drama.

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Release Date:

1 October 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cercados Pela Polícia See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.37 : 1
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