3 things about Joseph Losey’s THE PROWLER

The Prowler [1951]

1. Unconvincingly, he demonstrates a reluctance to leave. Finally  she offers him a cup of coffee. His name is Webb.
2. On his wall is a target practice training poster with a cluster of hits near the heart. He passes the time by reading a bodybuilding magazine.
3. With a handful of mud he covers up the license plates.

Any movie championed by both James Ellroy and Bertrand Tavernier has got to be something special. It’s fantastic! Twisted, tense, unpredictable. Almost works as a sort of flipside to ON DANGEROUS GROUND–they’d make a cool double bill. I might watch it again before I return it.

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