Cinema: New Picture, Jun. 4, 1951

The Prowler (Horizon; United Artists) approaches its climax with a situation that moviegoers hardly expect from Hollywood: a bridegroom learns on his wedding night that his wife is pregnant. French and Italian moviemakers, who use the facts of life as story staples, might work such a situation for drama or comedy. Having ventured to deal with it at all, Hollywood typically uses it as a clever gimmick in a superior melodrama.

A California cop (Van Heflin), checking a routine complaint about a house prowler, takes a shine to the complainant (Evelyn Keyes), a nervously bored housewife whose well-to-do and aging husband works...

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