The Prowler (Cost of Living ) (1951)



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Webb Garwood (Van Heflin) is a cynical policeman who believes that success comes from lucky breaks. Responding to a prowler complaint at the home of Susan Gilvray (Evelyn Keyes), he is immediately attracted to her and her wealth. He returns to "check up" on Susan, and they begin an affair, conducted while listening to her husband John (Sherry Hall)'s all-night radio program. Feeling guilty, Susan ends the relationship, but Garwood remains obsessed. He pretends to be a prowler on the Gilvray property so he can respond to another police call. Drawing William outside, he shoots him and makes it appear accidental. When Garwood manipulates Susan's confusion about the shooting, she buys his story, and the lovers marry. However, upon discovering that Susan is pregnant "too soon," they flee to give birth in secret, but eventually Susan learns the devastating truth.
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Joseph Losey
Written By: Robert Thoeren , Hugo Butler , Dalton Trumbo
In Theaters: wide
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Van Heflin
as Webb Garwood
Evelyn Keyes
as Susan Gilvray
Katherine Warren
as Grace Crocker
John Maxwell
as Charles 'Bud' Crocker
Emerson Treacy
as William Gilvray
Madge Blake
as Martha Gilvray
Sherry Hall
as John Gilvray
Louise Lorimer
as Motel Manager
George Nader
as Photographer
Benny Burt
as Journalist
Louise M. Bates
as Doctor's Wife
Steve Carruthers
as Mr. Talbot
Betty Jane Howarth
as Mrs. Talbot
Fred Hoose
as Foreman
Tiny Jones
as Airline Passenger
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It's really a quick, deft analysis of a kind of world where corruption and easy answers are on the advance.

Full Review… | June 24, 2013
The New Republic
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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
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The Prowler may be the creepiest of classic noirs.

Full Review… | March 16, 2010
Village Voice
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This hallucinatory film noir is still, for me, Joseph Losey's best film.

Full Review… | March 16, 2010
Chicago Reader
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A bawdy, daring story.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Losey rises magnificently to the occasion in his use of the Mojave Desert ghost town location.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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