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When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.
Carl Martin is a morose and deranged Los Angeles gardener, who,in retribution for the infidelity of his unfaithful wife, sets about to kill as many blonde's as he can. From the time the film opens, to the sound of a radio turned up full-blast over the still-warm corpse of a blonde, the audience knows the identity of the killer. The film depicts, with documentary realism as it was shot on location in and around Los Angeles, how the police, using laboratory techniques against the few clues they have, track down Martin. Their key clue is a spring from a pair of garden shears. The police move in just as Martin is about to add Jane Saunders, the daughter of a greenhouse owner, to his long list of victims. Written by
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Marilee Phelps, who plays Virginia, the undercover policewoman who Carl (Adam Williams) takes on the long ride, was Adam Williams' wife at the time this movie was made. Lee Phelps, the uncredited actor who plays "Doc," the police coroner, was Marilee Phelps' father (and Adam Williams" father-in-law). See more »
Early in the picture, when Carl Martin (Adam Williams) leaves the little girl Carmelita (Connie Vera) with her broken doll, he has a trailer hitched to his car with a trash can located right up front. Starting out, the can has a lid covering it, but when Carl arrives at the garden shop, the lid is gone. See more »
"There never was a good shortcut to a killer....they found that out."
"Without Warning!" is a film that actually caught me by surprise. While it's a low-budget picture with mostly no-name cast (the biggest star is the character actor Edward Binns), it is a first-rate film about the police and their relentless search for a serial killer. However, these cops don't work over witnesses or act tough--they do what real cops do and the film is well worth seeing for its CSI-like style.
The film is about the search for a serial killer who remains very true to type. He loves murdering young bleach blondes who look very similar. He also kills them the same way...with a pair of gardening shears. But with very, very few clues since the killer is very bright, the police must slowly put the pieces together and do a lot of legwork to catch up to Carl Martin...a very nasty but seemingly normal sort of guy.
The film excels at showing forensics and describing police work. It also is taut and keeps the viewer interested not just in procedure but in the story itself...which seems very real and free from glamour and clichés. Well worth seeing and a film that deserves to be seen.
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