The Sniper (1952)

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In this police drama, a maverick San Francisco detective is assigned to find the crazed sniper who has been shooting women. In order to find the killer, the cop must ignore mounting pressure from his chief and the press and delve deeper into the criminal's psyche.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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In Theaters:
 wide
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Runtime:
Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Richard Kiley
as Dr. James G. Kent
Michael Lally
as Concessionaire
Adolphe Menjou
as Police Lt. Frank Kafka
Marie Windsor
as Jean Darr
Arthur Franz
as Eddie Miller
Gerald Mohr
as Police Sgt. Joe Ferris
Cliff Clark
as Chief of Police
Frank Faylen
as Inspector Anderson
Harlan Warde
as Harper
Byron Foulger
as Pete Eureka
Robert Foulk
as Policeman
Jean Willes
as Woman
Frank Kreig
as Jailer
Rory Mallinson
as Policeman
John Pickard
as Allen Martin
Grandon Rhodes
as Mr. Fitzpatrick
Bruce Cameron
as Motorcycle Policeman
Charles Watts
as Detective
Steve Darrell
as Detective
George Chesebro
as Concessionaire
John Eldredge
as Stonecroft
Marlo Dwyer
as May Nelson
Al Hill
as Bartender
Charles Marsh
as Manager
Ralph Peters
as Police Interlocutor
John Brown
as Wise
David McMahon
as Detective
Clark Howat
as Police Photographer
Sidney Miller
as Intern
J. Anthony Hughes
as Policeman
Sarah Selby
as Woman
Geraldine Carr
as Checker
Mabel Paige
as Landlady
George Cheseboro
as Concessionaire
Max Palmer
as Chadwick
Frank Shaw
as Anna Potch
Ralph Volkie
as Suspect
Howard Negley
as Detective
Lillian Bond
as Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Steven Darrell
as Detective
Joseph Miksak
as Detective
Barry Brooks
as Attendant
Gail Bonney
as Woman
Kernan Cripps
as Policeman
Ralph Smiley
as Tony Debiaci
Leslie Sketchley
as Flaherty
Don Michaelian
as Policeman
John H. Bradley
as Rookie Policeman
Vern Martell
as Policeman
Fred Hartman
as Policeman
Renaldo Viri
as Policeman
Roy Maypole
as TV Announcer
Kay Sharpe
as Millie
Wanda Wirth
as Woman
Elsa Weber
as Woman
Helen Eliot
as Woman
Mary Holly
as Woman
Betty Shute
as Woman
Richard Glyer
as Detective
Edgar Novack
as Concessionaire
Tommy Hawkins
as Outfielder
Ralph O. Clark
as Man Who Falls from Smokestack
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Critic Reviews for The Sniper

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Good use of the streets of San Francisco, and you can see the film's influence on Peter Bogdanovich's rather artsier 1967 offering Targets.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

... straddles the studio model of storytelling and the immediacy of low-budget location shooting...

Full Review… | December 5, 2009
Seanax.com

It's absolutely terrified that its messages will pass by unnoticed.

Full Review… | November 5, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Trazendo uma importante mensagem acerca da responsabilidade do Estado ao lidar com criminosos mentalmente instáveis, o filme conta com uma direção impecável de Dmytryk e uma atuação amargurada e intensa de Franz.

June 12, 2007
Cinema em Cena

A little dated now, especially the nervous documentary-style camerawork which soon outstays its welcome, The Sniper's thriller mechanics nevertheless work efficiently.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

The film's message blaming society for the serial killer's actions was not well received by the public.

Full Review… | April 24, 2003
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Sniper

½

It's time to run into someone new. A random man seeking help often inflicts pain on himself for the terrible notions that are in his head. He wishes to inflict pain on beautiful brunettes and often climbs buildings, pulls out a rifle, and shoots them. The police quickly get on the trail of the serial killer, but his attacks are so random it seems impossible to identify the man responsible...hopefully his own guilt will get him turned-in before the body count gets too out of control. "You know how much coffee I've had today? Seventeen cups. The Brazilians ought to give me a medal." Edward Dmytryk, director of The Caine Mutiny, Crossfire, The Young Lions, Bluebeard, Where Love has Gone, The Carpetbaggers, Eight Iron Men, and Broken Lance, delivers The Sniper. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward with some great characters and inner demons on display. The acting was better than I anticipated and includes Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, and Richard Kiley. "Is he often late?" I randomly came across this on cable and had to DVR this classic picture. This was too straightforward to call an all-time classic, but I did enjoy the pace of the film and the characters. This is worth viewing once but falls short of being an all-time classic. "Don't you think this is a funny way to get hurt?" Grade: B-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins
½

I felt like the pase of this film was slow at the begging but once someone was shot the pase of this film speed up. I was not satisfied by the ending. I never felt curtain if the sniper was ever cured. I did like how San Francisco looks in this film. The sniper a Black & White film Norie film shot in San Francisco. Characters are neither black or white but gray. The main character once was in a physiological ward once when he was in jail for hitting a girl. He left when his time was up but the doctor in the jail wanted to keep him. Mr. Miller says he is an Engineer and came from Hawaii to build a bridge 5 miles wide. Mr. Miller overslept he is an errand boy Mr Miller first time he says he hurt his hand as an Engineer traveling back from Hawaii. Second time he says he burnt his hand. Mr. Miller says My mother never taught me anything. He gets dress of woman he shot then hides it just to burn the dress. Then he writes a letter to the police saying to stop him he is going to do it again. Mr. Miller works an Alpine laundry store. Mr. Miller listens to what others say. He does not like it when men and women kiss. This film was shot in 18 days and was mostly shot in San Franscico. I did like how the sniper rifle separated into different parts. The sniper a Black & White film Norie film shot in San Francisco. Characters are neither black or white but gray. The main character once was in a physiological ward once when he was in jail for hitting a girl. He left when his time was up but the doctor in the jail wanted to keep him. Mr. Miller says he is an Engineer and came from Hawaii to build a bridge 5 miles wide. Mr. Miller overslept he is an errand boy Mr Miller first time he says he hurt his hand as an Engineer traveling back from Hawaii. Second time he says he burnt his hand. Mr. Miller says My mother never taught me anything. He gets dress of woman he shot then hides it just to burn the dress. Then he writes a letter to the police saying to stop him he is going to do it again. Mr. Miller works an Alpine laundry store. Mr. Miller listens to what others say. He does not like it when men and women kiss. Shot in 18 days mostly shot in San Franscico.

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a really good suspenseful film if a little preachy. pretty violent for 1952. adolphe menjou gives a fine performance

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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