Killer is Loose, The (United Artists 1956, Joseph Cotten, Wendell Corey)

The Killer Is Loose

Pulse-pounding excitement pervades nearly every frame of terrific film noir The Killer is Loose. Andrew Sarris once wrote appreciatively of its director, Budd Boetticher, that his specialty was deadly confrontations between male antagonists.”

That being the case, Boetticher’s cinematic impulse reaches a pinnacle in this semi-documentary tabloid thriller, shot on location in and around L.A.

It contains a fine performance by Wendell Corey as a bespectacled bank robber out for revenge against the cop (Joseph Cotton) who accidentally killed his wife. The finale, played out over walkie-talkies, conveys the same kind of two-way excitement as did a similar scene in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958).”

The publicity for The Killer is Loose went all out and promised: “He was no ordinary killer. She was no ordinary victim. This is no ordinary motion picture.”

Cast: Joseph Cotten, Wendell Corey, Rhonda Reming, Alan Hale Jnr, Michael Pate,

Director: Budd Boetticher
Producer: Robert L. Jacks
Director of Photography: Lucien Ballard
Editor: George A. Gittens
Composer: Lionel Newman
Screenwriter: Harold Medford
Art Director: Leslie Thomas

USA / United Artists / 73 minutes / 1956

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