The Sniper (1952)
Having seen so many versions of the police psychologist (this time Richard Kiley) explaining the sex offender's profile to a grizzled lieutenant (Adolphe Menjou sans moustache), it's hard to know how groundbreaking this story was 60 years ago. But all the elements are there:
** Overcrowded penal system releases dangerous man with no resources for follow up treatment;
** Overburdened public hospital releases man with obviously self-inflicted wound to shootin' hand even though he all but begs for psychiatric treatment;
** City lousy with pretty brunettes under thirty; and
** Abundant opportunity to acquire military firearms.
Edward Dmytryk directed this thrilling crime drama with the tortured Arthur Franz as the killer who stalks the still-familiar streets of North Beach and Telegraph Hill. So familiar, in fact, that we got to see a short slideshow of "then and now" shots from the film provided by the people at Reel SF, a website devoted to films shot in San Francisco.