Cop Hater (film)

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Cop Hater
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Berke
Screenplay byHenry Kane
Based on Ed McBain's novel
"Cop Hater"
Produced byWilliam Berke
Starring Robert Loggia
Gerald O'Loughlin
Ellen Parker
Shirley Ballard
CinematographyJ. Burgi Contner, A.S.C.
Edited byEverett Sutherland
Music by Albert Glasser
Barbizon Productions Inc.
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • October 1, 1958 (1958-10-01)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

Cop Hater is a 1958 American crime film noir 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 O'Loughlin. [1]



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 Carella (Robert Loggia) and Mike Maguire (Gerald 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, Carella 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, Carella 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.


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