The Prowler (1951 film)  

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The Prowler is a 1951 black-and-white thriller film directed by Joseph Losey. The film, considered film noir, was produced by Sam Spiegel (as S.P. Eagle).


Van Heflin plays Webb Garwood, a disgruntled cop called to investigate a voyeur by Susan Gilvray (played by Evelyn Keyes). Her husband works nights as an overnight radio personality. The cop falls in love with the young and attractive married woman. Obsessed, he woos her despite her initial reluctance. After they fall in love, Garwood, who finds out about an insurance policy on the man's life, dreams up a scheme in which a phantom "prowler" would be a good scapegoat if her husband should happen to die mysteriously. After becoming a prowler himself, Heflin murders the husband and makes it look like self-defense.

The woman, now pregnant, and the cop take it on the lam.


Dalton Trumbo plays the voice of the John Gilvray, the night-time radio DJ.

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