Cop Hater (1958) ***
Directed by William A. Berke
Now this is the type of film I was expecting when I heard the title of the series-NYC Noir. This is New York City at some of its seediest moments. "Cop Hater" is another police procedural only this one has actual twists and turns and there is a satisfying conclusion. Robert Loggia stars as Detective Steve Carelli who is charge of a case where cops are being killed. There is also a side romance story that takes up too much screen time with his deaf and mute girlfriend, soon to be wife. Since they can't have a conversation, the several times they appear on screen together they are either kissing or hugging. I was shocked by the racy content, and a title card before the credit sequence was from the British Film Board, saying that people 16 and under were not allowed in the movie. This film is brimming with sexual undertones-from the wife of a cop wearing a revealing bathing suit, to which he picks her up and carries her into another room. Back in the day stuff like that was slowly coming out into the open, but it still was pretty gritty to today's standards. You could also see a difference in the format of the opening credits. The titles and the end credits are all over action scenes instead of having their own cards before the story starts.