Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cheek to Prowl

A cop and a doll start to cheat
and soon the poor husband's dead meat
They buy a motel
but wind up in hell
when turnabout turns up the heat

Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell and Van Heflin in the terrific film noir, The Prowler (Joseph Losey, 1951). Bottom photo courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archives.


Kevin Nowlan said...

The criminally under appreciated Van Heflin... never gave a bad performance in his life but never got the respect he deserved. They should build a statue to that guy.

surly hack said...

Yeah, except part of his charm was his low-key modesty, not exactly statue material. Have you ever seen him in Kid Glove Killer or Grand Central Murder, both from 1942? Murder is a zippy mystery, and Killer is one of the earliest examples of a CSI type crime lab.

Backthrow said...

If you're low-key enough, you are already your own statue.

surly hack said...

He wasn't wooden, smartypants. But there were plenty of other actors who turned to stone before their time.

Kevin Nowlan said...

No, I haven't seen either of those. I still have a lot of catching up to do. Thanks for the recommendations.

surly hack said...

That's because you have been busy drawing while I, apparently, have far too much time on my hands.