The Sniper (1952) is a black-and-white film noir, directed by Edward Dmytryk, written by Harry Brown, and based on a story by Edna Anhalt and Edward Anhalt. The film features Adolphe Menjou, Arthur Franz, Gerald Mohr, Marie Windsor, among others.
The film marks Dmytryk's return from the Hollywood blacklist to directing from political exile in England and a jail term in the U.S. He was "required to direct Adolphe Menjou, one of the most virulent Red-baiters of the HUAC hearings."
A San Francisco delivery man, Eddie Miller, struggles with his hatred of women. He's especially bothered by seeing women with their lovers. Miller knows he's sick, and out of despair, he self-inflicts burns on his right hand by holding it over a stove. The doctor treating the wound in an emergency room suspects he might need psychological help, but then gets too busy to follow through.
Miller begins a killing spree as a sniper by shooting women from far distances. In an attempt to get caught, he writes an...