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The Killer Is Loose

4.0 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews

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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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  • 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
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0052SO06A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,066 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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Leon "Foggy" Poole (Wendell Corey) loses his wife when she's accidentally killed during a shootout w/ police. After being found guilty for bank robbery, Poole swears vengeance on Detective Sam Wagner (Joseph Cotten), the cop he holds responsible. Two years into his prison sentence, Poole kills a guard, steals a truck, and makes a break for it. Now, Wagner must protect himself, as well as his pregnant wife, Lila (Rhonda Fleming). THE KILLER IS LOOSE is a wonderful crime thriller from 1956 w/ great tension, and a memorable finale. One thing that sets this movie apart from other, similar films, is the quiet, low-key temperament of the bespectacled antagonist. Corey underplays the role, making Poole far more frightening than some loud, tough-talking madman. Cotten is his usual solid, dependable self. Co-stars Alan Hale, jr. ...
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pretty good old black and white noir movie... I remember these cars and stuff when I was a youngster, fun to see them again and the movie is good old fashioned morality tale. Not much amoral shades of gray crap here except the detective felt guilty when it wasn't his fault, the crook put his wife in danger by his choices.
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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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Definitely worth watching! It was surprisingly suspenseful considering the period in which it was filmed. I'm guessing it was a relatively low-budget film. If Noir, suspense, crime drama is your thing...give it a go! You won't be disappointed.
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A decent film noir with a mile-mannered bank robber - until the cops turned him into a stone-cold killer by shooting dead his wife in a reckless break in assault. He vows revenge and he is a man of his word. If only Joseph Cotton wasn't such a wimp. With a surprising, almost laughable appearance by Alan Hale Jr. when you recognize him as the Captain from Gilligan's Island. Good old stuff with the good old thrilling end.
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