The Prowler (Cost of Living ) (1951)
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as Webb Garwood
as Susan Gilvray
as Grace Crocker
as Charles 'Bud' Crocker
as William Gilvray
as Martha Gilvray
as Dr. James
as John Gilvray
as Motel Manager
as Doctor's Wife
as Mr. Talbot
as Mrs. Talbot
as Airline Passenger
Critic Reviews for The Prowler (Cost of Living )
It's really a quick, deft analysis of a kind of world where corruption and easy answers are on the advance.
This hallucinatory film noir is still, for me, Joseph Losey's best film.
Losey rises magnificently to the occasion in his use of the Mojave Desert ghost town location.
Audience Reviews for The Prowler (Cost of Living )
a crazy film with van heflin in the lead, playing a creepy power abusing cop who takes advantage of a lonely married woman. he's great here and it seems a shame he was usually relegated to second banana roles. the film was made very cheaply and it's paranoid atmosphere is highly effective, ending with a big meltdown in the nevada desert
This is why Losey is one of my favorite directors.
Good Noir about a cop abusing his power to get what he wants. Good story and probably one of the first to deal with the "Unlawful Entry" plot that we have seen annually for the last 20 years. The story is at a good pace and very believable. It has a modern view on basketball, unhappiness with your career, and pre-marital sex. Van Heflin is great and his character is very realistic, he is bad, but not cartoonish. He does everything for love, he just approaches it all wrong. The very end is a little melodramatic, but overall a solid film. Not great, but worth a watch if you can find it.
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