The Killer Is Loose

Synopsis: A savings-and-loan bank is robbed; later, a police wiretap identifies teller Leon Poole as inside man. In capturing him, detective Sam Wagner accidentally kills Poole's young wife, and at his trial Poole swears vengeance against Wagner. About three years later, Poole (until then a model prisoner) abruptly takes his chance to kill a guard and escape. It's clear during the ensuing manhunt that Poole is obsessed in pursuit of a single end; but not quite the end everyone supposes.
Director(s): Budd Boetticher
Production: Crown International Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
73 min

Thank you very much,

Mrs. Andrews.

I'm really terribly

sorry about this,

Mr. Poole.

Those notices are

just a matter of routine.

The payment just

slipped my mind.

I can't imagine

how it happened.

Don't let it

worry you.

It can happen

to any of us.

Thank you, Mr. Poole.

Thanks a lot.

You're welcome.

Ah, another new

home owner.

Holly Road.

City's spreading

out, isn't it?

It sure is, Corporal.

Tell me...

You still love

your old Sergeant?

Sergeant Flanders.

I didn't recognize you.

That's what 10 or 11

years does for you.

But I knew you

the minute I saw you.

You know what I

almost called you?


Corporal Foggy,

the jungle killer.

I guess I

started it, didn't I?

Then everybody picked it up.

Even the island boys,

they'd say,

"Corporal Foggy,

he get lost again,

"he forget his rifle."

Remember that?

Yes, I remember.

Well, it was nice

seeing you again,


Now, cut the sergeant

stuff. The name is Otto.

Mr. Poole.

That isn't

anybody from

the bank truck, is it?

It's time for them

all right, but I've never

seen that man before.

He just came on back,

he handed Mr. Wilson

a note and he

just came on back.


Get away from that alarm.

Hold it, you.

Don't anybody move.

You're covered from the door.

Go on, fill it up.

Close the bag.


You know something,

Foggy. I'm going to

stop kidding you.

I take it all back.

And then?

And then that crazy teller

comes charging in and

gets conked over the head.

Well, that's about

all there was to it.

I'll say this about Poole,

he tried and it

took a lot of guts.

Officer, if you'd

known him...

You told me.

Otto Flanders?


Holly Road?

That's right.

It's the worst possible

time, it's our biggest

collection day.

Receipts twice what they

are the rest of the week.

These guys knew

what they were doing.

That's about it.

All right, gentlemen,

that'll be all.

We may want you to

look at some pictures

if you will,

maybe some people, too.



Ms. Shaw.

Ms. Shaw.

Reach your wife all right?

Yes, thank you.

Afraid she might have

heard about it

on the radio or something,

she worries a lot.

Sit down.

Thank you.

You suppose wives

enjoy that, Mr. Poole?


The worrying I mean.

I'm just breaking into

this marriage business.

All I can say is

I've been married

for five years

and my wife still

worries about me.

That's very


I don't know,

I kind of like it.

Mr. Freeman,

just one more thing.

You were coming through

the back door

from the garage.

Spotted something

was wrong,

you tried to ring

the burglar alarm

and this fellow says,

"Freeman, get away

from that alarm."

That's right,

I thought about

that later.

How did he know my

name was Freeman?

Here's a better one.

How'd he know

where the alarm was?

Mr. Poole, they also

stopped you from pressing

the alarm button.

Yes, that's right,

he did.


it was probably my fault,

I called Mr. Poole's

attention to the man.

But at that time

I wasn't exactly sure

what was going on.

Well, I'm sure you

were sure, Mr. Wilson.

I admit I was scared.

Well, what could I do?

A couple of men

with guns?

Well, it all happened

so fast.

Well, it

usually does.

Let's go, Chris.

I'm sure you have

the names and

addresses, Denny.

Thank you very much,


That'll be all folks.

Thank you, Mr. Freeman.

Coffee break, boys.

How about this? Three sets.

You're sure well covered.

Thorough, that's all.

We play no favorites.

Number one

got a call from

the insurance salesman.

Number three

a wrong number.

We've got it all on tape,

it's fascinating stuff.

Incoming or

is it going out?


How's the building

and loan business, Clyde?

Sound like something?

What are you doing?

I told you not to

touch your phone

until we were sure.

They don't know a thing,

how can they?

I'm alone and had

a chance to call.

Hey, Denny don't!

What was that?

What was what?

That click.

This line is tapped.

It's probably

the connection.

You must be wrong.

Hang up' you stupid.

Play it back.


How's the building and

loan business, Clyde?

Couldn't have worked

smoother' could it?

Wagner. Well, it worked.

No, it's that apartment

over on 20th Street.

You've got the address.

Right, we're going over there

now to pick him up.

What was that?

What was what?

That click.

This line is tapped.

Well, we had

a little bad luck here.

Nothing you can't fix.

Just get a car there

in case he tries to break.


Turn it off.

What a crazy guy.

He's not crazy,

you heard what the man

said, he's just stupid.

Come on, you can

eat it on the way.

He was walking out

the minute we pulled

around the corner,

bag packed and everything.

He took one look,

ducked back inside.

That's his

apartment up there

in the corner to

the right of the hall.

With the lights out?

How do you know

he's in it?

If he isn't,

he's somewhere

in the building.

Rex has been

covering the back

and Greg's inside.

Hi, Greg. You said

something about

being alone,

you know anything

about his wife?

According to

the manager...

She went out

a couple of hours ago.

I was going to say...

We don't know what

the trouble is

around here,

but they're two of

the nicest tenants

we've ever had.

I was going to say...

Excuse me.

We may need

a pass key, will you

get us one, please?

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