Cop Hater (1958)





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On a boiling hot night in the middle of a steaming New York summer, Detective Mike Reardon is on his way to work when he is shot down execution style. His fellow officers at the 87th, led by detectives Steve Carelli (Robert Loggia) and Mike Maguire (Gerald S. O'Laughlin), can't come up with a motive. The investigation has barely started when Reardon's young partner Foster is ambushed and gunned down as well. Carelli and Maguire are the lead investigators on the double police homicide, tracing potential suspects and following up clues that all lead to blind alleys. Meanwhile, Miller, a reporter, does some investigating on his own and nearly gets a young detective killed by a street gang led by smart-mouthed punk Joe Sanchez (Jerry Orbach). Amid this chaos, Carelli tries to carry on a romance with a deaf-mute author named Teddy (Ellen Parker) and Maguire attempts not to neglect his wife too badly. Maguire is gunned down by the same shooter that killed the other two detectives, only he makes sure the killer leaves behind a few clues before he dies. Carelli can't make the pieces fit together -- the only thing that the three victims had in common was that they worked in the 87th Precinct and they were all cops. He begins wondering if the fact that they were all police officers was relevant to the killings, but not the motive. Looking for a story, Miller reports Carelli's private suppositions, suddenly putting Teddy in jeopardy. Not knowing that the shooter is a step ahead of him, the detective races to her home. Carelli breaks the case and discovers that only one of the murders had an actual motive, one much closer to home than anyone on the squad would ever have guessed.
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Robert Loggia
as Detective Steve Carelli
Ellen Parker
as Teddy Franklin
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
as Detective Mike Maguire
Shirley Ballard
as Alice Maguire
Russell Hardie
as Lt. Byrne
Hal Riddle
as Mercer
Gene Miller
as Killer
Miriam Goldina
as Mama Lucy
Lincoln Kilpatrick
as Dave Foster
Ralph Stanley
as Willis
Ted Gunther
as Detective Roger Haviland
Johnny Seven
as William 'Willie' Bronken
Jerry Orbach
as Mumzer
Vincent Gardenia
as Danny the Gimp
Kate Harkin
as Ortiz's Wife
Alan Manson
as Newlywed Clark
Sandra Stevens
as Newlywed Wife
Alan Bergnan
as Police Officer Reardon
Joan Kalionzes
as Maggie Reardon
Lulu King
as Detective Foster's Mother
Steve Franken
as Teen in Line-up
John Gerstad
as Laboratory Technician
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Critic Reviews for Cop Hater

All Critics (2)

Though watchable, it's more like TV fare than a movie.

Full Review… | June 5, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

... an independent production shot largely on the cheap in with a New York cast headed by Robert Loggia...

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Cop Hater


Most of the air conditioners in the apartments and offices of New York City seem to be stressed to the limit in this movie. Or people don't have them. When they are in the comfort of their homes both men and women must cool off by lounging around in their underwear or swimsuits. Shirley Ballard is particularly sensual. This is pretty similar to the police procedurals we are used to seeing on tv otherwise. Loggia is the main calm and collected detective hero trying to catch a cop killer. His girlfriend is deaf, so the characterizations have a bit of uniqueness.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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An early Robert Loggia film. As late fifties police killer movies go, this one was fairly interesting. The acting is pretty rough, with the detectives all trying to be fast talking interrogators. All tough guys looking for the killer of a fellow cop, or policeman, if you will. Then, his parter is killed the next day. The crime scene gives the only clues. Written by Evan Hunter using the name Ed McBain, the book was inspired by a television show he greatly admired, Dragnet. Two patrolman parters are murdered from the same precinct a day apart. Tension runs pretty high as the police are clueless. In black and white, this movie is pretty average or worse for the era. William Berke Director John Bowman Assistant Director John Zane Assistant Director Cast Robert Loggia Detective [Steve] Carelli Gerald S. O'Loughlin Detective [Mike] Maguire Ellen Parker Carelli's girl--Teddy [Theodora Franklin] Shirley Ballard Maguire's wife--Alice Russell Hardie Detective Lt. Byrnes Hal Riddle Cop hater--killer [Mercer] William Neff Rookie cop--Kling Gene Miller Reporter [Hank] Miller Vince Gardenia Danny the Gimp John Gerstad Laboratory technician Ralph Stantley Detective Willis Glen Gannon Gang leader--Rip Alan Manson Newlywed Clark Sandra Stevens Newlywed wife Jan Kalionzes Officer Reardon's wife Jerry Orbach Gang leader--Mumzer Frank Dana Cinematography J. Burgi Contner Producer Morris Helprin Executive Producer Alfred Crown Executive Producer William Berke Producer Lee Gordon Everett Sutherland Supervising Film Editor Albert Glasser Music Composition and Conducting Jack Rabin Special Photography Effects Louis DeWitt Special Photography Effects

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