Cop Hater (film)

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]

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


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 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.


(per closing credits)

Cast notes:

  • The opening credits list 25 cast names and the closing credits list 27 cast names. The first nine cast names are in the same order in both opening and closing. All the remaining cast names are in a different order.
  • Johnny Seven is billed as "John Seven" in the opening credits and as "Johnny Seven" in the closing credits.
  • Kate Harkin is billed as "Kathryn Harkin" in the opening credits and as "Kate Harkin" in the closing credits.


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