The Zebra Killer (1974)

USA, 1974
35mm film, Todd-AO 35, colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American borderline horror film directed by William Girdler.

Plot Summary

Based on the true story of The Zebra Killer, a white man who terrorised Los Angeles by wearing black face and raping and killing young women. When Lt Frank Savage’s girlfriend falls victim to the serial killer, Savage becomes obsessed with finding him.


* = uncredited

Directed by: William Girdler
© MCMLXXIV [1974] Essaness Pictures Corporation
Mid-America Pictures presents
Executive Producer: Phillip Hazelton
Produced by: Gordon C. Layne, Mike Henry
Screenplay by: William Girdler
Story by: William Girdler, Gordon C. Layne
Director of Photography: William Asman
Film Editor: James O’Rourke
Music by: Jerry Styner
Sound Recorders: John Asman, Warren Maxey, Chuck Hallau
Wardrobe: Diane Lander
Special Effects: Richard Alban
Locations: Kentucky, USA; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; San Francisco, California, USA

Austin Stoker (Lt Frank Savage)
James Pickett (Mac/The Zebra Killer)
Hugh Smith (Marty Williams)
Charles Kissinger (Robert Creason)
Val Rogers (Frank’s woman)
Tom Brooks (police captain)
D’Urville Martin as “the pimp”
Mike Clifford (Waldo)
Ruby Brown (Liza)
Harriet Knox (cleaning lady)
Cy Weber
David Roster (sniper)
Jim Harriman
Don Henderson
Kenneth Block
Phyllis Kastan
George Williams

Alternative Titles

Brottsplats Chicago – Sweden
Combat Cops – Canada/UK title
The Get-Man – USA (re-release)
Kaupunki helvetissä РFinland
Panic City
Quand la ville tremble – France
Zebra Killer – Italy



  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.468 – credits
  • Serial Killer Cinema: An Analytical Filmography by Robert Cetti p.518-519 – credits, review