Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
A sniper kills young brunettes as the police attempt to grapple with the psychology of the unknown assailant.
The rifles used by the police on the rooftops circa 1952 are lever-action Winchesters, the same style as used in the old west nearly 70 years earlier. Later an officer is seen holding a Thompson sub machine gun, a weapon made popular about 30 years earlier by gangsters. Police special weapons and tactics (SWAT) teams would not come into use in California for another 15 years.
Police Insp. Anderson:
You know, some solid citizens are gonna' get their brains blown out if they don't pull their heads in... not that they got any brains to begin with.
Police Lt. Frank Kafka: Why don't you tell 'em?
Police Insp. Anderson: I'm waiting for the sound truck...
Police Insp. Anderson: This is Inspector Anderson speaking. Will ...
In Eddie's final rooftop scene, the high-angle white-washer throws his pail to warn the workers entering the cleaners. The pail and its contents splatter on the ground. After Eddie shoots the white-washer and the camera returns to the the workers, the pavement is unmarred.
A word about the picture which follows: High among police problems is that of the sex criminal, responsible last year alone for offenses which victimized 31,175 women. Adequate and understanding laws do not exist. Law enforcement is helpless. Here, in terms of one case, is the story of a man whose enemy was womankind.