Cop Hater (film)
|Directed by||William Berke|
|Produced by||William Berke|
|Written by||Ed McBain (novel)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin
|Music by||Albert Glasser|
|Cinematography||J. Burgi Contner|
|Edited by||Everett Sutherland|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|October 1, 1958|
Cop Hater is a 1958 American police procedural film, based on the 1956 novel Cop Hater by Ed McBain, the first in a series of books about the 87th Precinct in New York City. The film was produced and directed by William Berke, written by Henry Kane, and stars Robert Loggia and Gerald S. O'Loughlin.
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.
- Robert Loggia as Detective Steve Carelli
- Gerald S. O'Loughlin as Detective Mike Maguire
- Ellen Parker as Teddy Franklin, Carelli's girlfriend
- Shirley Ballard as Alice Maguire, Mike's wife
- Russell Hardie as Detective Lieutenant Peter Byrnes
- Gene Miller as Hank Miller, reporter
- John Gerstad as Forensics Lieutenant
- Hal Riddle as Mercer
- Jerry Orbach appears as Joe "Mumzer" Sanchez, the leader of the "Grovers" street gang, his second film appearance after an uncredited bit part in Guys and Dolls.
- Vincent Gardenia has a small role as Danny Gimp, a stool pigeon, also his second film appearance after an uncredited bit part.