The Killer Is Loose (1956) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Killer Is Loose (1956)




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In this crime drama, "Foggy" is a bank teller who is the inside man for a gang of thieves planning to rob his bank. Unfortunately, their plan goes awry and he is arrested. During the ensuing scuffle, his wife is accidentally killed and Foggy hungers for revenge.

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Wendell Corey
as Leon "Foggy" Poole
Rhonda Fleming
as Lila Wagner
Joseph Cotten
as Sam Wagner
Michael Pate
as Chris Gillespie
Virginia Christine
as Mary Gillespie
John Larch
as Otto Flanders
Dee J. Thompson
as Grace Flanders
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Critic Reviews for The Killer Is Loose

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Plays out like some sort of slow-motion fever dream.

May 23, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Handed a narrative stuffed with cat-and-mouse violence, the filmmaker plays down dark hysteria in favor of grayish curtness, and the film is no less tense for that.

May 1, 2006

Strange, moody film noir, filled with observations on daily life, technology and gender in the 1950's.

August 10, 2011 | Full Review…

A rather creaky attempt at a film noir with very little of the psychological violence and use of landscape that would define [Boetticher's] later films.

July 25, 2011 | Full Review…

A typical 1950s noir.

April 14, 2003 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Killer Is Loose


"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 Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer


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 nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

good stuff. escaped psycho gunning for a policeman's wife. really tense and well directed

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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