The Sniper (1952)

“[talking to the duty nurse] You know how much coffee I’ve had today? 17 cups. The Brazilians ought to give me a medal. ” – ER Doctor

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Sep 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A city is terrorized by a lone gunman who is targeting random women.

My Take on it – This is a film that has a great premise, yet fails to find a way to keep it interesting and enjoyable.

The story moves along at a steady pace, but it lacks any kind of real suspense or tension along the way.

They are able to give us a disgruntled character who commits these crimes, yet they don;t even try to develop him on a deeper level in order to give him more of a purpose or reason for his actions that don;t seem superficial.

The police are led by Adolphe Menjou and they do their due diligence in order to try and catch the killer, but it also is done in a very matter of fact way that doesn’t make the viewer curious enough about their methods which seem far too boring.

The action scenes are shot from a distance that tries too hard to disconnect the character from the audience which hurts things far too much along the way.

There is very little suspense here and besides the scenes at the carnival this film unfortunately doesn’t have much to offer.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After making this film, Adolphe Menjou, a very vocal anti-communist, was asked why he chose to work with director Edward Dmytryk, who had been imprisoned and blacklisted for his communist sympathies. Menjou replied, “Because I’m a whore”. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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