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Writers (WGA):
Robert Thoeren (story) and
Hans Wilhelm (story)
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Release Date:
3 December 1951 (Sweden) See more »
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When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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THE PROWLER (Joseph Losey, 1951) ***1/2 See more (27 total) »


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Van Heflin ... Webb Garwood

Evelyn Keyes ... Susan Gilvray

John Maxwell ... Charles 'Bud' Crocker
Katherine Warren ... Grace Crocker (as Katharine Warren)
Emerson Treacy ... William Gilvray
Madge Blake ... Martha Gilvray
Wheaton Chambers ... Dr. William R. James
Robert Osterloh ... Coroner
Sherry Hall ... John Gilvray
Louise Lorimer ... Motel Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Herbert Anderson ... Reporter (uncredited)
Louise Bates ... Evelyn James - Doctor's Wife (uncredited)
Jack Baxley ... Juryman (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Journalist (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Mr. Talbot (uncredited)
John Damler ... Airline Clerk (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Spectator at Coroner's Inquest (uncredited)

John George ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Alan Harris ... Clerk (uncredited)

Fred Hoose ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Mrs. Talbot (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Airline Passenger (uncredited)

George Nader ... Photographer (uncredited)
Bill Neff ... Airline Clerk (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Coroner's Juryman (uncredited)

Dalton Trumbo ... John Gilvray (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Losey 
Writing credits
Robert Thoeren (story) and
Hans Wilhelm (story)

Hugo Butler (screenplay)

Dalton Trumbo  screenplay (originally uncredited)

Produced by
Sam Spiegel .... producer (as S.P. Eagle)
John Huston .... producer (uncredited)
Samuel Rheiner .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lyn Murray 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
Film Editing by
Paul Weatherwax 
Casting by
Jack Murton (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Boris Leven 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Mapes 
Makeup Department
Marie Clark .... hair stylist
Production Management
Joseph H. Nadel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Aldrich .... assistant director
Sound Department
Ben Winkler .... sound (as Benny Winkler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria P. Donovan .... wardrobe stylist (as Maria Donovan)
Music Department
Irving Friedman .... musical director
Lyn Murray .... conductor
Fred Steiner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Gladys Hill .... dialogue director
Samuel Rheiner .... assistant to producer
Don Weis .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:92 min
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The radio announcer heard throughout the film is actually the voice of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who wrote the film under the pseudonym, Hugo Butler.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): While at the ghost town, Webb tells Susan that the birth of their baby will increase the ghost town's population by 33 1/3%. Actually since they are the only two in town, the baby's birth will increase the population by 50%. That is, the population would go from 2 to 3.See more »
Webb Garwood:I didn't do it Susan. I ll swear that by the only thing I ever really loved, and that's you.See more »
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17 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
THE PROWLER (Joseph Losey, 1951) ***1/2, 5 July 2009
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

My second tribute to Joseph Losey, following hot on the heels of M (which was actually shot afterwards) is the director's own favorite among his Hollywood work and also crime novelist James (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL) Ellroy's all-time favorite film! Van Heflin has one of his best-ever roles as the embittered cop who forces himself onto lonely housewife Evelyn Keyes and eventually contrives to shoot her night-time radio personality husband in self-defense. As a matter of fact, for its first half, THE PROWLER (a clever misnomer of a title and decidedly no relation to the 1981 Joseph Zito exploitation flick) plays almost like a role-reversal rehash of DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) but Losey admirably turns the whole thing on its head with the climactic ghost town section. Indeed, the surfeit of chatter and intermittently disjointed editing of the film's first half hardly prepare one for that extraordinary high-pitched finale which already serves to crystallize Losey's uniquely nihilistic world-view so early in his career. Being another film of the director's that is very hard to come by, I guess one has to feel glad that, following a very hazy start, the copy I got my hands on settled nicely into a much more satisfactory viewing experience than M. Similar to that later film, the crew of THE PROWLER is made up of some notable names: Robert Aldrich and Don Weis are once again employed in the same capacities of assistant director and script supervisor respectively – but also producer Sam Spiegel (billed, as was his current custom, under the pseudonym of S. P. Eagle) and, as screenwriters, an uncredited Dalton Trumbo and Hugo Butler – soon-to-be exiled (like Losey himself after all) for their past Communist affiliations – both of whom would go on to work with my all-time favorite film-maker Luis Bunuel on, respectively, Trumbo's own JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN (1971) and ROBINSON CRUSOE (1952) and THE YOUNG ONE (1960)…not to mention Losey's later, ambitious but ill-fated art-house venture EVA (1962)!

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