Kid Glove Killer is one of those moderately-budgeted programmers that appear at long intervals to rise far above the level intended. Spotlight shines brightly on Van Heflin in the lead. His skillful timing and delivery of lines holds interest in many sequences that might easily have crumbled in less capable hands.
Story unfolds a compact and interesting drama of political corruption, and the experiences of a scientific criminologist in getting a test-tube solution to the murder of the mayor. Heflin is the expert of the police department, assisted by Marsha Hunt.
In addition to neatly devising entertaining dramatic content, story provides an interesting exposition of the inner workings of a scientific crime detecting laboratory; including functions of spectographs, microscopes, and chemicals.
Newcomer Fred Zinnemann deftly handles the various episodes for fine overall blending.