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The Killer Is Loose

The Killer Is Loose (1956)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1956 Wide

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In this thriller, "Foggy" (Wendell Corey) is a bank teller who got his nickname for the thick spectacles he must wear. Foggy is also an inside man for a gang of thieves planning to rob his bank. Unfortunately, their plan goes awry and he is arrested. During the ensuing scuffle, his wife is accidentally killed and the crook blames the arresting officer (Joseph Cotten). While he stands trial, Foggy lets on that he plans on getting revenge by killing the officer's wife. Later he is transferred to a

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Strange, moody film noir, filled with observations on daily life, technology and gender in the 1950's.

August 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

A rather creaky attempt at a film noir with very little of the psychological violence and use of landscape that would define [Boetticher's] later films.

July 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Plays out like some sort of slow-motion fever dream.

May 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Handed a narrative stuffed with cat-and-mouse violence, the filmmaker plays down dark hysteria in favor of grayish curtness, and the film is no less tense for that.

May 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A typical 1950s noir.

April 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Killer Is Loose

Decently acted little noir. Wendell Corey didn't have the magnetism to make it as a lead but he was always an excellent supporting player whether he was playing the dark or the light, he's most effective here as the villiain.The story is a straightforward crime drama with no extra frills done on a small budget which is perfect for noir anyway. A feast for any old time movie and TV buff what with the Skipper, Mrs. Olsen and Dr. Steve Hardy from General Hospital all in the same film.
February 22, 2011
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jay nixon

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good stuff. escaped psycho gunning for a policeman's wife. really tense and well directed
October 20, 2009
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Stella Dallas

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"The Killer Is Loose" is a watchable police yarn that ultimately suffers from an incompetent final act and a short running time that allows us little interaction with the characters. The performances are all fine, but the action is the kind of stuff you've seen a thousand times before. Still, it works as a great time-passer.
November 23, 2012
Stephen Earnest

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