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Thumbnail for The Sniper (1952) The Sniper (1952)

Basics Critics:70Viewers:67Rusty:76
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: Film noir, Thriller, Psychological thriller, Crime Fiction, Crime Thriller, DramaNarrative location: San FranciscoRuntime: 87 - 88 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: San FranciscoDirector: Edward DmytrykScreenwriter: Harry BrownMusic: George AntheilCinematography: Burnett GuffeyStars: Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, Frank Faylen, Richard Kiley, Charles Lane, Jean Willes, Karen Sharpe, Mabel Paige, Wally CoxProducer: Stanley KramerAward nominations: Academy Award for Best StoryAward details: (details at IMDb)

The Sniper is a 1952 black-and-white film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown, and based on a story by Edna and Edward Anhalt. The film features Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, among others. The film marks Dmytryk's return to directing after he had first been named to the Hollywood blacklist and had a jail term for contempt of Congress. He chose to testify in April 1951, and named fellow members of leftist organizations from his brief time with the Communist Party. Afterward, he went into political exile in England for a time. Producer Stanley Kramer was the first to hire him again as a director. He was "required to direct Adolphe Menjou, one of the most virulent Red-baiters of the HUAC hearings."

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