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Night of the Prowler (1962)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | December 1962 (UK)
When the director of a successful racing car company is shot dead the other directors have reason to believe their lives are at risk too. Suspect number one is an ex-employee just released ... See full summary »


Francis Searle (as Francis A. Searle)


Paul Erickson (original story), Paul Erickson (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Holt ... Robert Langton
Colette Wilde Colette Wilde ... Marie Langton
Bill Nagy ... Paul Conrad
John Horsley ... Det. Insp. Cameron
Benny Lee Benny Lee ... Benny
Marianne Stone ... Mrs. Cross
Mark Singleton Mark Singleton ... Anders
John Dunbar John Dunbar ... Davies
Robin Wentworth Robin Wentworth ... Watts
Tony Wager ... Det. Sgt. Baker (as Anthony Wager)
Jo Rowbottom Jo Rowbottom ... Elsie
Michael Beint Michael Beint ... Hall Porter
Leslie Handford Leslie Handford ... Watson
Anne Clune Anne Clune ... Miss Newman
Alan Barry Alan Barry ... Draughtsman


When the director of a successful racing car company is shot dead the other directors have reason to believe their lives are at risk too. Suspect number one is an ex-employee just released from gaol who went down on their evidence. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Crime | Thriller


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Release Date:

December 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anonyme Briefe See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mitzi Rogers receives an "Introducing" credit. See more »


As the racing car sets off for its first timed run, there is a shot of it as it passes the time-keepers (seen from behind) and the shadow of the microphone and boom is visible on the ground as the camera follows the car into the distance. See more »


Music by Ronnie Price
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Rough-around-the-edges Butcher's thriller
13 November 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

NIGHT OF THE PROWLER is another cheap thriller from the Butcher's studio and another effort from director Francis Searle who seemed to churn out one picture after another during the period. This one's a little rough around the edges, marred by some weak writing and even weaker performances, although at just an hour in length it's a watchable enough picture.

The action is set in and around an engineering firm in which the directors are being mercilessly bumped off one by one by a mysterious hat-wearing figure. Old-time copper John Horsley suspects an ex-con with a grievance but the plot thickens when bizarre incidents begin to occur to the remaining directors. I have to say that I found this story quite predictable as I managed to work out the end about twenty minutes in, but it remains watchable in spite of this.

The title is a bit of a misnomer as it makes this film sound like a proto slasher when it isn't. There isn't really much in the way of prowling around at all, certainly no more so than in other thrillers from the era. Patrick Holt is good value as the rather unlikeable lead, juggling his ex-wife and new girlfriend along with his business. There's some early car racing stuff which is quite interesting although the lack of a real budget is always apparent. Marianne Stone has her usual cameo. Anne Clune as Holt's new girlfriend threatens to derail events with an appalling performance but thankfully she doesn't have too much screen time.

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