Looking for some truly Must See TV? Tonight, TCM premieres 1951’s The Prowler —rarely seen and yet one of the very best (and creepiest!) of classic noir films.
Directed by Joseph Losey, it begins when Susan Gilvray (Evelyn Key) sees a Peeping Tom, calls the police and meets Officer Webb Garwood (Van Heflin), who becomes instantly and obsessively taken with the married and wealthy blonde. We won’t ruin what happens next, except to say that things get very dark and kinda crazy pretty quickly, and you won’t be able to predict just how this thing ends (hint: ghost town). And, neat trivia alert! Infamous blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo not only helped write the script (his name was expunged from the titles), but he provided the voice of Susan’s husband, a radio announcer (for which he was paid $35). This is a truly cool and taut, well-paced thriller.
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