The Prowler

Synopsis: In a fancy suburb in California, the gorgeous housewife Susan Gilvray finds a prowler outside her house late one night and she calls the police. Officer Webb Garwood and his partner answer the call but do not find anyone. Later Webb returns to Susan's house with the pretext of checking if everything is OK. Susan invites him in to have coffee with her. Webb soon learns that Susan is married to John Gilvray, a middle-aged broadcaster of a late night radio show. They also discover that they are from the same hometown. Webb makes a pass at Susan and even though she tries to put him off they soon start a love affair. When John becomes suspicious Susan ends her relationship with Webb. Though difficult Webb stays away from Susan. Without Susan's knowledge Webb plots a scheme to get rid of John; he simulates a scenario where John is "accidently" shot dead. There is an inquest and it is ruled that John Gilvray's death was not intentional. Webb quits the police-force a job he was never happy doi
Director(s): Joseph Losey
Production: VCI Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

131-A, code 1.

Quite a hacienda.

Oh, thank you so much for coming.

You reported a prowler, ma'am?

Yes. About 20 minutes ago.

I looked up, and there was

this man looking in the window.

Which window?

It was one of the back windows.

There's an empty lot on

that side, isn't there?


When he saw that I'd seen him, he jumped

away from the window, and I phoned you.

We'd better check that

lot for footprints, Webb.


Now, if you'll show me the window.

Oh, yes, of course. Right this way.

You'd been sleeping?

No, just resting.

I don't sleep very much at night.

And that's where you saw the face, huh?

No. In here.

I'd been lying on the bed

resting and listening to the

radio, and I thought if I

took a bath, I might be able

to sleep better.

And afterwards, just as

I was putting my robe on,

I looked up, and there he was.

Well, if I was you, from now

on, I'd keep the curtain closed.

You ever notice in a bank,

they always keep the counting

room out of sight so the

customers won't get tempted.

I suppose you're right.

I just didn't think. Oh, it's you.

No footprints out here.

The grass has just been cut, and

they'd be kind of hard to spot.

Then again, maybe the

lady's just imagining things.

He was just as plain as

your friend's face just now.

I'm sorry to have caused

you all this trouble,

but I do get nervous at night, and...

That's our job, ma'am.

You always alone at night?


The maid comes in daytimes, but

she leaves right after dinner.

Well, from now on, be sure and

pull the shades and lock the door.

I will.

Think you feel comfortable

enough for us to leave now?

Oh, yes, I'm perfectly all right now.

I'm sure you are.

Goodnight, ma'am.

Goodnight, and thank you.

Call us again if you need us.

Yes, I will.

That is quite a dish.


I don't suppose any use

asking you to stop by tonight

and take a squint at our collection.

Pretty plush, if you can get it.

You know, the wife spent

the whole day today polishing

up those specimens we

found out around Barstow.

She's pretty proud of them.

I wish I could convince

you a hobby's a good thing,

especially for the good

things you learn on the side.

I wonder what her angle is.


Say I wonder what her angle is.

Her? No angle.

They're well-heeled.

You know, there's history

slathered over every square

foot of this country of ours.

And one time or another, me and

the old lady has dozed it out.

Like those ghost towns I tell you about.

We never would have seen them if

it hadn't been for our rockology.

Is she married?

Yeah. Sure she is.

Some crackpot squeezed

enough dough to retire and

then works for the fun of it.

Can you tie that?

If I had his moolah, I'd take the hills.

That house must have

set him back plenty.

Yeah, maybe 35, 40 grand in this market.

Probably beats his mother.

Heads or tails?

Nevermind, Bud.

I'll check us in.

Oh, hello.

Come in.

Thank you. I was just passing by.

I thought I'd check to see if

everything's still all right.

Why, yes.

At least I think so.

Do prowlers generally come

twice in the same night?

No, but we do.

It's part of the job.

Hope I didn't wake you up.

Oh, no. I was just

having a cup of coffee.

We're generally supposed

to make check-up calls,

especially where women are

concerned, and when they're alone.

Well, if you're sure

everything's all right,

I'll be on my way.

Wouldn't you like come coffee?

Thanks, if it's not too much trouble.

Oh, no. It's no trouble at all.

Well, then make mine

milk, if you have it, huh?

Just sit down and I'll get it.

Looks like somebody around

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