The Killer Is Loose

1956, Mystery & thriller, 1h 13m

5 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Humble bank teller Leon Poole (Wendell Corey) participates in a heist that doesn't go as planned. When police surround his apartment, there's a shoot-out, during which Detective Sam Wagner (Joseph Cotten) unwittingly kills Poole's wife. Poole is subsequently captured and jailed, but three years later he's back out on the street and hell-bent on revenge. Wanting the punishment to fit the crime, he vows that he won't kill Wagner -- just his wife (Rhonda Fleming).

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  • Nov 23, 2012
    "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.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2011
    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.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2009
    Suspenseful from start to finish
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2009
    good stuff. escaped psycho gunning for a policeman's wife. really tense and well directed
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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