House by the River

House by the River

Fritz Lang (1950)

87min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Based on AP Herbert's novel, this has been described as Fritz Lang's most Teutonic American picture. However, the surfeit of atmosphere can't atone for the lack of suspense in this tired treatise on the old adage, "murder will out". The byplay between evil novelist Louis Hayward and his envious, lame brother Lee Bowman is effective, but the romance between Bowman and his prissy sister-in-law (Jane Wyatt) is less convincing. Making moody use of light and shade, Lang ingeniously involves us more deeply than the plot merits. For all that, it's still very much a B-movie.

Summary

A deranged writer murders a maid after she resists his advances. The writer engages his brother's help in hiding the body, and then watches as the brother becomes the prime suspect.

Cast & Crew

Stephen Byrne Louis Hayward
John Byrne Lee Bowman
Marjorie Byrne Jane Wyatt
Emily Gaunt Dorothy Patrick
Mrs Ambrose Ann Shoemaker
Flora Bantam Jody Gilbert
Mrs Beach Sarah Padden
Director Fritz Lang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp Ltd