Okay, The Killer Is Loose (1955) isn’t a Western. But it’s Budd Boetticher entering a period when he made nothing but excellent movies. His next was Seven Men From Now (1956) β see what I mean?
The Killer Is Loose is now available as part of MGM’sΒ on-demand DVD-R program, the MGM Classics Collection. It’s tight, tense and terrific β with Wendell Corey giving a very creepy, career-best performance. Joseph Cotton and Rhonda Fleming are good, too. Highly, highly recommended. The info lists it being full frame, which I hope is a mistake. Lucien Ballard’s cinematography is top-notch and deserves proper treatment.
Below, in a photo I could stare at for hours, are Ballard (beside the camera) and Boetticher (in front of Ballard) shooting a scene on a bus.
Budd Boetticher (from his book When In Disgrace): “The Killer Is Loose was a good film with Joseph Cotton, Rhonda Fleming and Wendell Corey, who were wonderful to work with. But I don’t think they appreciated what Lucien and I did. We made that picture in 15 days on a 20-day schedule.”