The Prowler (Cost of Living )
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The Prowler (Cost of Living )
Webb Garwood (Van Heflin) is a cynical policeman who believes that success comes from lucky breaks. Responding to a prowler complaint at the home of Susan Gilvray (Evelyn Keyes), he is immediately attracted to her and her wealth. He returns to "check up" on Susan, and they begin an affair, conducted while listening to her husband John (Sherry Hall)'s all-night radio program. Feeling guilty, Susan ends the relationship, but Garwood remains obsessed. He pretends to be a prowler on the Gilvray property so he can respond to another police call. Drawing William outside, he shoots him… 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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