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The House across the Bay

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1940
  • Archie Mayo
  • 87 mins
  • A

Summary

An aircraft designer falls for the wife of an imprisoned gangster. All goes well until the gangster gets out of prison...

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Joan Bennett marries likeable racketeer George Raft then shops him to the authorities for his own good. Unfortunately he gets sent to Alcatraz for longer than she anticipated, thanks to a double-cross by his lawyer (Lloyd Nolan) who wants Bennett all to himself. Then there's Walter Pidgeon's wealthy aviator as her third devotee. It must be the parade of jewellery and high fashion (26 changes of costume, according to publicity) that makes her, an otherwise dull character, such an attraction. Occasional expressionistic lighting is not enough to redeem a trite and absurd story - note the apparent ease with which Raft escapes from the island prison when the mood takes him.

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Credits

Cast

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Steve LarwittGeorge Raft
Brenda BentleyJoan Bennett
Slant KolmaLloyd Nolan
Tim NolanWalter Pidgeon
Mary BogaleGladys George
AlicePeggy Shannon
BabeJune Knight
CharleyJoseph Sawyer
BarneyBilly Wayne
French officialGeorges Renavent
Federal manJoseph Crehan

Crew

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DirectorArchie Mayo

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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