Joseph Losey, 1951
USA | Format: 35mm | 92 minutes
Restored 35mm print!
A rare critique of the sexual stereotyping in film noir and a treatise on the hidden injuries of class, The Prowler is the greatest work of Losey’s pre-blacklist period and one of Dalton Trumbo’s best scripts. A former high-school basketball star turned cop (Van Heflin) seething with resentment for the more privileged seduces a lonely rich housewife (Evelyn Keyes) and commits the perfect crime in order to obtain his dream: owning a motel in Las Vegas (“It’s making money while you’re asleep”). There’s just one little problem, which leads him to take desperate measures… Trumbo used fellow blacklist victim Hugo Butler’s name as a front for his suspenseful and bleak screenplay. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funding provided by The Film Noir Foundation.