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NOIR CITY 19: They Tried to Warn Us! THE PROWLER
Grand Lake Theatre
Oakland, CA
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NOIR CITY 19: They Tried to Warn Us! THE PROWLER

1951, Horizon Pictures/United Artists [FNF/UCLA Film & Television Archive]. 92 minutes
Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo (fronted by Hugo Butler)
Based on a story by Robert Thoeren and Hans Wilhelm
Produced by John Huston and Sam Spiegel (as S.P. Eagle)
Directed by Joseph Losey

Patrolman Webb Garwood is more interested in achieving the American Dream than he is protecting it for others. After answering a woman's distress call about a peeping tom, Garwood hatches a nefarious plot to worm his way into her affluent but lonely life--and into her husband's life insurance policy. Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes give stellar performances in this disturbing spider-and-fly romance, written covertly by legendary blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and directed by the soon-to-be-blacklisted Joseph Losey. Largely dismissed by critics upon its release, it's now regarded as Losey's best American film, one that offers a compelling warning about small-minded people's willingness to abuse power for selfish gain. Restored in 2007 by the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive, the first triumph in a long-running partnership.

CAST: Van Helfin (Webb Garwood), Evelyn Keyes (Susan Gilvray), John Maxwell (Bud Crocker), Katherine Warren (Grace Crocker), Emerson Treacy (William Gilvray), Madge Blake (Martha Gilvray), Wheaton Chambers (Dr. James), Louise Lorimer (motel manager), Robert Osterloh (coroner), Sherry Hall (John Gilvray), George Nader (photographer), Dalton Trumbo (voice of John Gilvray)

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All FNF proceeds from festival ticket sales aid the foundation's mission of rescuing and restoring noir films.


Grand Lake Theatre (View)
3200 Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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