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The Prowler

1951 1h 32m Mystery & Thriller List
100% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 84% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
After being frightened by a peeping Tom at her mansion in the suburbs, the beautiful Susan Gilvray (Evelyn Keyes) calls the police for help. When a policeman, Webb Garwood (Van Heflin), arrives, he becomes infatuated with Susan, and the two engage in an affair. Susan soon ends their relationship, choosing to remain with her husband, John (Sherry Hall). However, Webb's obsession with her continues to grow, until he begins plotting to kill John and cash in on his life insurance policy. Read More Read Less
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David Thomson The New Republic It's really a quick, deft analysis of a kind of world where corruption and easy answers are on the advance. Jun 24, 2013 Full Review Keith Uhlich Time Out As the plot, concocted in part by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, gets more and more outlandish the films loses its degenerate luster. Rated: 3/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review J. Hoberman Village Voice The Prowler may be the creepiest of classic noirs. Mar 16, 2010 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins The notion of a police stalker bending rules for the sake of controlling a situation and possessing a woman would continue to fuel mind-benders for decades to come. Rated: 7/10 Aug 23, 2020 Full Review Jeremy Heilman MovieMartyr.com The Prowler becomes a twisted vision of American entrepreneurship, with the two leads forming a grotesque nuclear family. Rated: 78/100 Jul 24, 2012 Full Review Fernando F. Croce CinePassion Losey's magnificently ruthless dismantling of his characters' veneers and delusions and self-made traps Mar 18, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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harwee h Another solid film from Joseph Losey. Its not perfect but the story is more pushed than usual for its time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/19/24 Full Review nick s Well acted movie, nicely paced. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/10/24 Full Review Audience Member By definition, this barely rates as film noir. More like a crime drama without the snappy dialogue and long shadows. It's alright and it can hold your interest, but only the finale manages to crank up some tension. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The rectangle-within-a-rectangle symmetry of the window within the frame of the movie screen in the opening scene reinforces the notion that the filmgoer is essentially a licensed Peeping Tom. The Prowler may be the creepiest of classic noirs.A down and dirty masterpiece. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review andrey k A strangely creepy movie with one of the most creepy characters outstandingly played by Van Heflin: he's disgusting and at the same time you can't take your eyes off him, watching him conceiving evil plans and effectuating them. It's a non-conventional psychological film noir with an intense plot and very good suspense. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great noir movie. Creepy. Wonderful cinematography. Written by AND narrated by Dalton Trumbo Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After being frightened by a peeping Tom at her mansion in the suburbs, the beautiful Susan Gilvray (Evelyn Keyes) calls the police for help. When a policeman, Webb Garwood (Van Heflin), arrives, he becomes infatuated with Susan, and the two engage in an affair. Susan soon ends their relationship, choosing to remain with her husband, John (Sherry Hall). However, Webb's obsession with her continues to grow, until he begins plotting to kill John and cash in on his life insurance policy.
Director
Joseph Losey
Producer
Sam Spiegel
Screenwriter
Hugo Butler, Dalton Trumbo
Production Co
United Artists
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 5, 2016
Runtime
1h 32m
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