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AVAILABLE AT LAST ON DVD! Famed director Joseph Losey's long neglected masterpiece, scripted by legendary blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, has been restored to its original bleak splendor by the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. A nefarious cop stalks a lonely, repressed Los Angeles housewife and decides to win her in the traditional film noir fashion - by knocking off her husband! Bonus Features: Documentary featurette "The Cost of Living: Creating The Prowler," with James Ellroy, Christopher Trumbo, Denise Hamilton and Alan K. Rode, "Masterpiece in the Margins": Bertrand Tavernier on The Prowler, On the Prowl: Restoring The Prowler. The Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive Partnership, Photo Gallery, Audio Commentary by Film Noir Expert Eddie Muller, Original Theatrical Trailer Product Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital 2.0; RT - 92 minutes; B&W; Aspect Ratio - 1.37:1 - 4x3; Year - 1951; SRP - $19.99
Joseph Losey's The Prowler is one of the darkest and most daring entries in the film noir pantheon, a thriller that challenges the accepted notions of not only screen morals but the very fabric of America in its gritty story of a rogue cop who brings disaster to a Los Angeles housewife. Van Heflin is the patrolman who becomes fixated on Evelyn Keyes (wife of producer Sam Spiegel's partner, John Huston) after a run-in with a peeping Tom. Greed, lust, and loneliness bind the pair together, with only Keyes's radio-personality husband (Emerson Treacy) standing in the way of their unholy union. Heflin's plot to eliminate this roadblock leads The Prowler into very unsavory territory, including sexual obsession, pregnancy out of wedlock, psychological terrorism, and finally, an inexorable dalliance with mental instability. Though The Prowler's flirtations with taboo breaking have made it a favorite among noir cognoscenti (including James Ellroy, whose hot-blooded comments are featured throughout the disc), the film's most subversive element is its looking-glass take on society as a whole; the intense pressures that come with the pursuit of the American dream produce not winners in Losey's eyes, but sociopaths who tear down everyone around them as they attempt to claw their way towards the promised Good Life. It's heady stuff, delivered in flinty visuals by blacklist victims Losey and screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, billed here as Hugo Butler, and most definitely required viewing for those with a taste for the seamier side of crime cinema. The wealth of extras on VCI's disc follow the film's resurrection from "lost" status to restoration by the UCLA Film Archive and The Film Noir Foundation; the picture's production history, which was marked by financial clashes between Trumbo and Spiegel, is also discussed by Ellroy and Trumbo's son, Christopher, among others, while director Bertrand Tavernier (The Princess of Montpensier) gives a thoughtful, largely academic take on the picture. An original trailer and glimpses of the film's racy pressbook round out the superlative presentation. --Paul Gaita
"Masterpiece in the Margins": Bertrand Tavernier on The Prowler
On the Prowl: Restoring The Prowler
The Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive Partnership
Audio Commentary by Film Noir Expert Eddie Muller
Original Theatrical Trailer
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Anyways, Evelyn Keyes - who began to look more like Lana Turner as movie progressed, especially the platinum blonde hair - did not get anywhere near the 'juicy' role Lana Turner got in "A Postman Always Rings Twice". As a matter of fact her "married" woman who suspects the troubled, hates-his-job, cop 'boyfriend' is not what he might seem SUDDENLY gets dumb, or blind, because - oh, I don't know, she just gets naive because he was good in the sack...I guess. Oh, they almost knew each other from their high school days in Indiana, too.
The restoration of this movie by the UCLA film commission seems quite well done.
It is set effectively in black and white. Although the film is not difficult to understand, it communicates characters intentions subtly, so that you have to pay close attention to the body language and facial gestures of Webb and Susan to figure out hidden intentions. We notice also that Webb is the true "prowler" here as he masterminds his way into Susan's heart to be able to live a wealthy lifestyle that he may never achieve as a cop. So I think this film is worthwhile for any noir fan, or any film buff who loves to watch a challenging movie. Five thumbs up.
Everyone does a fine acting job,but, Van Heflin's acting is his BEST EVER ! ! ! He should have gotten an Academy Award for his performance !
The story has a lot's of meat to it. The plot is one of the best noir plots I've ever seen. Film Noir fan's should have this one in their collection.
Extra's; James Ellroy ( oh, oh, look out. ),Christopher Trumbo,Denise Hamilton, and Alan K. Rode. Also,Bertand Tevernier on "The Prowler". +Restoration talk. Audio commentary by Eddie Muller ( Noir expert ) and the Trailer,Photo gallery , Optional English subtitles.
B&W, 92 min,1951. You get a BIG NOIR BANG for your buck here.