The Prowler

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Documentary feature ''The Cost of Living: Creating The Prowler," with James Ellroy, Christopher Trumbo, Denise Hamilton and Alan K. Rode; ''Masterpiece in the Margins'': Bertrand Tavernier on The Prowler; "On the Prowl: restoring The Prowler": the Film Noir Fundation and UCLA film & television archive partnership; Audio commentary by Film Noir expert Eddie Muller; Original theatrical trailer; Photo gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Prowler is a gripping, taut thriller in the film noir vein that packs a big punch while also delivering a social message about wealth, greed and ambition. Holding a dark mirror up to the American dream, Prowler presents a picture of a "pure" American male, a man who drinks good wholesome milk and wears the uniform of law and order but who inside is obsessed with "making it" in the world. For this man, "making it" is on a modest scale -- owning a hotel near Las Vegas. But his determination to obtain this goal compels him to murder, indicting the forces of American society that place such importance on measuring a man by his material means. All this is done in the context of a tightly constructed, beautifully laid out thriller that has echoes of Double Indemnity but still has its own distinct flavor and character. Working from a chilling screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, Hugo Butler and Hans Wilhelm, director Joseph Losey does a masterful job of piling on tension and atmosphere, working with cinematographer Arthur C. Miller to create a film that constantly draws the viewer in. Best of all, however, are the star performances of Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Neither is playing an especially sympathetic character, but they make them totally engrossing and compelling. It's first rate acting from both, and deserving of more acclaim.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • UPC: 089859858925
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,575

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Van Heflin Webb Garwood
Evelyn Keyes Susan Gilvray
John Maxwell Bud Crocker
Katherine Warren Mrs. Crocker
Emerson Treacy William Gilvray
Madge Blake Martha Gilvray
Wheaton Chambers Dr. James
Robert Osterloh Coroner
Sherry Hall John Gilvray
Louise Lorimer Motel Manager
Louise M. Bates Doctor's Wife
Benny Burt Journalist
Steve Carruthers Mr. Talbot
Alan Harris Clerk
Fred Hoose Foreman
Betty Jane Howarth Mrs. Talbot
Tiny Jones
George Nader Photographer
Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director
Robert Aldrich Asst. Director
Hugo Butler Screenwriter
Bob Carroll Songwriter
Maria P. Donovan Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam P. Eagle Producer
Irving Friedman Musical Direction/Supervision
John Huston Producer
Boris Leven Art Director
Dick Mack Songwriter
Jacque Mapes Set Decoration/Design
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Lyn Murray Score Composer
Joseph H. Nadel Production Manager
Sam Spiegel Producer
Robert Theoren Original Story
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Paul Weatherwax Editor
Hans Wilhelm Original Story
Ben Winkler Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Prowler
1. Police Call [6:35]
2. Small World [7:12]
3. Friendly Dinner [5:39]
4. The Affair [9:57]
5. Suspicion [8:14]
6. The Shooting [11:06]
7. Regret [7:45]
8. Newlyweds [4:48]
9. I'm Pregnant! [6:52]
10. Calico [8:41]
11. Hard Labor [8:07]
12. Futile Escape [7:50]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Prowler
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   Chapters
   Extras
      ''The Cost of Living: Creating The Prowler" With James Ellroy, Christopher Trumbo, Denise Hamilton and Alan K. Rode|}|
      "Masterpiece in the Margins" Bertrand Tavernier on The Prowler
      "On the Prowl: Restoring The Prowler" the Film Noir Fundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive Partnership
      Original Theatrical Trailer
      Pressbook Photo Gallery
      Audio and Subtitle Options
         English Subtitles: On
         English Subtitles: Off
         Audio Commentary by Film Noir Expert Eddie Muller: On
         Audio Commentary by Film Noir Expert Eddie Muller: Off
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  • Posted September 17, 2012

    Looking forward to seeing THE PROWLER after reading about it.

    Looking forward to seeing THE PROWLER after reading about it. Afterall, nice pedigree. John Huston was the uncredited co-producer and Dalton Trumbo the uncredited blacklisted screenwriter (with two others). However, I was disappointed, much in the same way as I was with GUN CRAZY (also scripted by Trumbo).

    There are simply too many loose ends here, Evelyn Keyes, object of Garwood's obsession, was way past her prime at the time and was solely cast because she was then married to Huston. The "Bud" Crocker character, (Garwood's patrol partne)r, as played by John Maxwell, is all wrong. He is smiling goofily (is that a word?) almost throughout and thus makes no sense in relation to the plot and the Garwood character. Finally, it's that climax which falls flat One easily forgets the picture after the fade to black.



    **1/2 rating. Because an average rating is not available, I went ahead and gave it a three.

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