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- el debbo
This movie's got everything and moves along rapidly. Zoom. Van Heflin as the sociopath is perfect!! I always thought he had a sort of milquetoast look, especially in costumers. But here he is, terribly beefy and menacing in his cop uniform, making extra unnecessary visits to the lovely and freshly-blonde Evelyn Keyes. She is a dope and more and more addicted to Heflin as the movie progresses. I agree, Mr. Blandings, sort of depressing stuff. Like peeping on someone in an opium den taking their first puff and then going nutzoid for the drug. But let's not write her off. Not yet.The scenery is worth taking in: a posh hacienda in a dead-quiet neighborhood, then on to a hellishly loud motel in "early Vegas", and then middle-o'-nowhere desert. America as it once was. Director Losey is a real expert at spinning stories of intrigue, seasoned with terror and plenty of mind games. He later did a few such films in England with Dirk Bogarde. This is not a feel-good movie by any means, but it keeps you on the edge of your seat and it's very well done by an ensemble of pros. I give it 5 stars.
- Mr. Blandings
Frighteningly subtle performances by the leads, Heflin as the psychopath and Keyes as his dependent victim. Depressing stuff.
The Prowler, 1951, Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes
- Marion Kyle
Saw this movie on a Saturday when I was 11 back in the day using my allowance money. Usually went to westerns, This movie has stuck in my mind since then. I thought this movie had been lost as so many others have been. I came home late tonight to find this movie had just been aired on TCM. Please release it on DVD. It belongs in everyone's collection.
great noir film
I really enjoyed this film. Evelyn Keyes and the always great Van Heflin are wonderful.