Directed by Edward Dmytryk • 1952 • United States
Starring Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr
Blacklisted director Edward Dmytryk—one of the original Hollywood Ten—made his return to filmmaking with this disturbingly prescient psychological thriller. Shot with gritty, documentary-style realism on the streets of San Francisco, THE SNIPER follows a tormented young man (Arthur Franz) who unleashes his rage in a shooting spree targeting unsuspecting women. Realizing that he is dealing with a profoundly disturbed individual, Lieutenant Frank Kafka (Adolphe Menjou) sets out to understand the suspect’s mind, learning to think like a killer in order to stop one.