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- Patrick Keenan
A taut gritty noir till the ending. Losey and Trumbo get their Sisyphean imagery at the end of the movie by sacrificing reality.The police had no reason to kill Garwood. He was not a convicted killer on the lam. He had been exonerated by the grand jury. Heflin and Keyes are superb leads especially Keyes' subtle reactions to Heflin.
Van Heflin covets another's wife and there it all begins.Hope it plays again soon.
- Dee-mo's Buddy
Dee-mo has it. You'd figure that the Heflin character would figure out something besides total panic. Did make a nice atmpospheric, though. Desert landscape shoots well.
A sociopath with a heart of gold!
This film is a dirty little gem. My only complaint is the freak out at the end. Come on...It's like they panicked. They would been just fine if they just laid low and didn't run out freaking out for no reason. So she was pregnant? She was married! It's not like they had DNA, or the father was black or asian. Jeez.
- Don Riley
This was much better than I expected ! Its really a worthwhile movie.
- 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.