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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.


Adolphe Menjou
as Police Lt. Frank Kafka
Arthur Franz
as Eddie Miller
Gerald Mohr
as Police Sgt. Joe Ferris
Richard Kiley
as Dr. James G. Kent
Marie Windsor
as Jean Darr
Frank Faylen
as Inspector Anderson
Mabel Paige
as Landlady
Marlo Dwyer
as May Nelson
Ralph Peters
as Police Interlocutor
Max Palmer
as Chadwick
Cliff Clark
as Chief of Police
Robert Foulk
as Policeman
Vern Martell
as Policeman
Fred Hartman
as Policeman
Don Michaelian
as Policeman
Renaldo Viri
as Policeman
Kernan Cripps
as Policeman
Rory Mallinson
as Policeman
George Cheseboro
as Concessionaire
John H. Bradley
as Rookie Policeman
Byron Foulger
as Pete Eureka
Roy Maypole
as TV Announcer
Grandon Rhodes
as Mr. Fitzpatrick
Kay Sharpe
as Millie
John Eldredge
as Stonecroft
Ralph Smiley
as Tony Debiaci
John Pickard
as Allen Martin
Ralph Volkie
as Suspect
Joseph Miksak
as Detective
Richard Glyer
as Detective
Howard Negley
as Detective
David McMahon
as Detective
Charles Watts
as Detective
Steve Darrell
as Detective
Frank Shaw
as Anna Potch
Clark Howat
as Police Photographer
Edgar Novack
as Concessionaire
Michael Lally
as Concessionaire
George Chesebro
as Concessionaire
Lillian Bond
as Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Barry Brooks
as Attendant
Bruce Cameron
as Motorcycle Policeman
Tommy Hawkins
as Outfielder
Al Hill
as Bartender
Ralph O. Clark
as Man Who Falls from Smokestack
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Critic Reviews for The Sniper

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

The Sniper is a taut, authentic-looking thriller about the search for a sexual psychopath. It is treated' honestIy. yet in good taste.

July 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Sniper [is] a Stanley Kramer production that sets out to tackle the sex-maniac issue, and does with suspenseful realism although the psychiatric element is slopped over.

December 15, 2021 | Full Review…

A smooth, technically astute, 100 per cent dull melodrama.

September 15, 2021 | Full Review…

...a mixture of moody character study and dispassionate police procedural.

April 7, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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

December 5, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sniper

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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Really really weak. The Sniper is completely unengaging but makes no futile effort to make its protagonist likable even in the slightest. Edward Dmytryk does some interesting camera work that almost begins to venture into film noir territory but eventually wimps out. Then the filmmakers have the gall to start pointing fingers by making the audience think after they've bored them.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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