DirectorJoseph Losey Music directorLyn Murray CountryUnited States
CastVan Heflin (Webb Garwood), Evelyn Keyes (Susan Gilvray), John Maxwell (Bud Crocker), Katherine Warren (Mrs. Crocker), Emerson Treacy (William Gilvray), Madge Blake (Martha Gilvray) Release dateMay 25, 1951 (1951-05-25) (United States) WriterRobert Thoeren (story), Hans Wilhelm (story), Hugo Butler (screenplay), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, Blackhat, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Loft, Salt, The Big Sleep
TaglineWatch out for THE PROWLER
Excerpt from on the prowl restoring the prowler 1951
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, Webbs obsession with her continues to grow, until he begins plotting to kill John and cash in on his life insurance policy.
The Prowler is a 1951 black-and-white thriller film noir directed by Joseph Losey that stars Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. The film was produced by Sam Spiegel (as S.P. Eagle) and was written by Dalton Trumbo under a pseudonym.
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.
Webb Garwood, a disgruntled cop, is called to investigate a voyeur by Susan Gilvray. Her husband works nights as an overnight radio personality. The cop falls in love with the young and attractive married woman.
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Obsessed, he woos her despite her initial reluctance. Garwood finds out about an insurance policy on the husbands life. He dreams up a scheme in which a phantom "prowler" would be a good scapegoat if Susans husband should happen to die mysteriously. After becoming a prowler himself, Garwood commits the murder and makes it look like self-defense.
Susan, who is pregnant, runs away with Garwood to a ghost town named Calico to have the baby without anyone back home knowing. Susan goes into premature labor and Garwood finds a doctor. Garwood intends to kill the doctor to preserve their secret—Susan was pregnant several months before the marriage to Garwood—but the doctor escapes with the newborn.
Garwood confesses to the murder of Susans husband and she tells him to get out. He drives away, leaving his wife in Calico alone. On the way out of town, Garwood runs (literally) into his former partner on the police force. While attempting to escape, Garwood sees several police cars coming so he heads for the hills. He refuses to stop and a sheriffs deputy shoots him dead.
Van Heflin as Webb Garwood
Evelyn Keyes as Susan Gilvray
John Maxwell as Bud Crocker
Katherine Warren as Mrs. Crocker
Emerson Treacy as William Gilvray
Dalton Trumbo plays the voice of the John Gilvray, the night-time radio DJ.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz liked the film, writing, "A neat noir thriller that has a slight variation on the Double Indemnity theme, this time it is the guy who is the seducer. This is a Joseph Losey American film, made before his self-exile from the 1950s HUAC witch hunt days when he fled to England. It is the directors aim to highlight social issues and class differences. They will play a major role in the motif, adding to the usual noir ones of dark character and sexual misconduct. Dalton Trumbo, the blacklisted writer, is the uncredited cowriter of the script."