The Killer Is Loose (1956)
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 prison farm. The fearsome former clerk busts out of prison and kills a few people on his way to the policeman's home. The panicked policeman attempts to secure protection for his wife, but the cops decide to use the woman as a decoy to draw the criminal to them. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Is Loose
Strange, moody film noir, filled with observations on daily life, technology and gender in the 1950's.
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.
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.
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.More
"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.More
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