The Prowler (Cost of Living )
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The Prowler (Cost of Living )
The Prowler was director Joseph Losey's next-to-last Hollywood production before he fell victim to the insidious Blacklist. Van Heflin stars as Webb Garwood, a cynical cop who, during a routine search for a nocturnal prowler, makes the acquaintance of neglected wife Susan Gilvray (Evelyn Keyes). This chance meeting develops into a serious romance, conducted while Susan's husband, disc jockey William (Emerson Treacy), hosts an all-night radio program. Inevitably, Garwood and his paramour begin plotting William's murder, intending to arrange the evidence to make it look like suicide.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's really a quick, deft analysis of a kind of world where corruption and easy answers are on the advance."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"This hallucinatory film noir is still, for me, Joseph Losey's best film."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The Prowler becomes a twisted vision of American entrepreneurship, with the two leads forming a grotesque nuclear family."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"A down and dirty masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"a ferociously perverse noir masterpiece"
‑ Chris Cabin,
"The way Heflin plays this rake, you never think for a second that he'd be cowed by a guilty conscience. He's a defiantly charismatic brute who turns, unconvincingly, into a wet noodle."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"A bawdy, daring story."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Losey's magnificently ruthless dismantling of his characters' veneers and delusions and self-made traps"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"... a classic of working class envy, restless resentment... and the brutal opportunism of a former golden boy willing to do anything to get what he's sure is due him."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"A scary, fascinating film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Prowler may be the creepiest of classic noirs."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Losey rises magnificently to the occasion in his use of the Mojave Desert ghost town location."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"The rectangle-within-a-rectangle symmetry of the window within the frame of the movie screen in the opening scene reinforces the notion that the filmgoer is essentially a licensed Peeping Tom..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"Director Losey and screenwriter Trumbo aren't providing the usual mystery tale here."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Losey's script is fine, but doesn't really draw the audience in, or inspire compassion for any of the characters."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
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