The Killer Is Loose

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Movie Info

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).

Cast & Crew

Joseph Cotten
Det. Sam Wagner
Michael Pate
Detective Chris Gillespie
John Larch
Otto Flanders
Dee J. Thompson
Grace Flanders
John Hawkins
Writer (Story)
Ward Hawkins
Writer (Story)
Lionel Newman
Original Music
Lucien Ballard
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Is Loose

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Audience Reviews for The Killer Is Loose

  • 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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