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Cop Hater (1958)

aka Cop Hater

"Cop Bait! She winks... she loves... she kills... and it's always a guy with a badge!"

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Details: 75 mins · English


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Small Detective Steve Carelli
Small Detective Mike Maguire (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
No_movie_poster Teddy Franklin
No_movie_poster Alice Maguire
No_movie_poster Detective Lt. Byrnes
No_movie_poster Mercer
No_movie_poster Rookie Cop - Kling (as William Neff)
No_movie_poster Reporter Miller
Small Danny the Gimp (as Vince Gardenia)
No_movie_poster Laboratory Technician
No_movie_poster Detective Hal Willis
Small Gang Leader - Mumzer
No_movie_poster Newlywed Clark


No_movie_poster Evan Hunter Novel
No_movie_poster Albert Glasser Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Henry Kane Screenplay
No_movie_poster William Berke Director
No_movie_poster J. Burgi Contner Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Evan Hunter Story Contributor


"Cop Bait! She winks... she loves... she kills... and it's always a guy with a badge!"


During an intense summer heat wave in New York City, two cops are murdered and it's up to the detectives of the 87th Precinct to find the killer. Steve Carelli (Robert Loggia) and Mike Maguire (Gerald S. O'Loughlin) are the lead investigators on the case, but they can't seem to make any progress, and their work is made more difficult by a reporter, Hank Miller (Gene Miller), who keeps sticking his nose in. The two cops try to keep their personal lives separate from their work, but it keeps bleeding through. When Maguire is shot and killed, Carelli has to comfort his partner's sexpot wife Alice (Shirley Ballard), and then goes on a bender with the reporter, inadvertently revealing his suspicions about the case, and putting his girlfriend Teddy, a deaf-mute author (Ellen Parker), in jeopardy. When a hood (Hal Riddle) shows up at her apartment, Carelli overpowers him and forces a confession: he killed all the cops, but Maguire had been the intended victim all along, as his wife wanted him out of the way.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1958-10-01 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1959-04-27 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1960-02-12 : West Germany