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The Killer Is Loose (1955)

Joseph Cotton , Rhonda Fleming , Budd Boetticher  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Cotton, Rhonda Fleming, Wendell Corey
  • Directors: Budd Boetticher
  • Writers: John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins, Harold Medford
  • Producers: Robert L. Jacks
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO06A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A bank robber's (Wendell Corey) wife is shot during his arrest by a cop (Joseph Cotten). He escapes to kill the cop's wife (Rhonda Fleming) as retribution. Despite the cop's protest, the police decide to use Fleming as a lure.

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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Noir Gem August 15, 2011
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I was very surprised by this little known film. I purchased this DVD-R because I generally admire the work of its two primary participants, Director, Budd Boetticher and Joseph Cotten. People Generally remember Boetticher's Westerns but,this tough,fast-paced suspense film with great L.A. location photography underlines his talent as a director. The unexpected bonus to this movie is the performance of Wendell Corey. In maybe, the best performance of his career, Wendell Corey is both frightening and pathetic as he seeks his revenge. The last five minutes as Cotten attempts to bring down the assassin, are particularly wrenching. Check this little nugget out.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suspense movie! March 21, 2012
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I purchased this movie after I saw it TCM. I was impressed with Wendell Corey's acting, he played the part so realistic as a crazed killer. If you are a Wendell Corey fan, I recommend you purchase this DVD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wendell Corey knocks it out of the park October 17, 2013
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A bank holdup. An inside job. The cops, led by Det. Sam Wagner (Joseph Cotten) figure this out pretty quickly and are soon knocking down the door of Leon 'Foggy' Poole (Wendell Corey), but when Wendell's wife is killed accidentally in a shootout, he vows revenge against the Detective. This is a solid thriller/police procedural noir with Corey really outstanding as the sweaty, beady-eyed, half-crazy/half-lucid "killer" of the title. It's a pretty remarkable performance, as he manages to be at least slightly sympathetic despite also being every bit as scary as Richard Widmark or Dan Duryea at their creepiest. I don't know a lot about Corey, but after seeing this I definitely want to check out more.

The very good Los Angeles location work and director Budd Boetticher's excellent handling of action make this an above-average noir despite the secondary storyline of the detective's troubles with his wife (Rhonda Fleming) not really adding up to what it promises early on. I don't quite buy Cotten in this role either, he just doesn't seem that involved, but as it's really Corey's show I don't consider that a major problem.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best noirs February 12, 2014
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I don't know why it isn't much better known. It really does compare with the best known noirs. As other reviewers said, it really is Corey's performance that stands out. He's one of the most memorable villains of early film, complex and sympathetic. That's much better and subtler than the one so so review that wanted a flat out psycho.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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A pretty matter-of-fact police procedural with Cotten using his wife as bait to trap Corey, who plays against type---not too coonvincing as a bad man with google-eyed black-framed glasses and dressing in drag as he follows Fleming down a street to her home. Of course, the A grade B noir.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Old is good! February 13, 2014
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I found this film to be very modern in terms of what takes place in our world today. The performances are very solid, especially Wendell Corey's (very underestimated actor). Rhonda Fleming was very true to the role of the police wife. Reminded me of some of the elements of In Cold Blood, as well. Enjoy!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sleeper! August 25, 2013
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Best performance Wendell Corey has ever given! One scene is a shocker! Will catch you completely off guard! Get this one! You will watch it again!
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