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Released Runtime Category
1951 92 Film Noir, Mystery/Thrillers
Director Language
Joseph Losey English
Evelyn Keyes, Van Heflin, John Maxwell, Katherine Warren

The Prowler

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What's it About

One evening alone, bored housewife Susan Gilvray (Keyes) spies a prowler watching her through a window. She calls the police, but this brings even worse trouble to her door in the form of beat cop Webb Garwood (Heflin), a seemingly kind fellow Hoosier who immediately takes an unhealthy interest in the beautiful dame. Soon the two are embroiled in a torrid affair, dreaming of escaping together to a new life. When Webb takes some drastic steps to make this happen, he risks everything on love, and appears to succeed — at first.

Why we love it

Joseph Losey’s dark, cynical, twisted B-thriller is remarkable for touching on taboos too numerous to count at the dawn of the safe, conservative fifties, including adultery, sexual obsession, and out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Keyes is terrific as Susan, but Heflin steals the picture with a deliciously hateful performance as Webb. “The Prowler” is an unjustly neglected classic that stunned audiences in its day — and it’s still easy to see why. Now that it’s back in circulation, don’t pass up the chance to let it work its dark spell on you.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"