The Prowler (Cost of Living )
The Prowler (Cost of Living ) (1951)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 3, 1951
DVD Release Date: February 1, 2011
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David Thomson
The New Republic

It's really a quick, deft analysis of a kind of world where corruption and easy answers are on the advance.

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Variety Staff

A bawdy, daring story.

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Fernando F. Croce

Losey's magnificently ruthless dismantling of his characters' veneers and delusions and self-made traps

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The Prowler may be the creepiest of classic noirs.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Losey rises magnificently to the occasion in his use of the Mojave Desert ghost town location.

John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This hallucinatory film noir is still, for me, Joseph Losey's best film.

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Jeremy Heilman

The Prowler becomes a twisted vision of American entrepreneurship, with the two leads forming a grotesque nuclear family.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A down and dirty masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
a crazy film with van heflin in the lead, playing a creepy power abusing cop who takes advantage of a lonely married woman. he's great here and it seems a… More
cody franklin
Good Noir about a cop abusing his power to get what he wants. Good story and probably one of the first to deal with the "Unlawful Entry" plot that we… More
Stefanie C
This is why Losey is one of my favorite directors.
Walter M.
In "The Prowler," police officers Webb Garwood(Van Heflin) and Bud Crocker(John Maxwell) respond to a call about a prowler that has been menacing… More