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House By the River

House By the River (1950)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1950 Wide

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Fritz Lang was the guiding hand of this laudable Republic Studios melodrama. Louis Hayward stars as a wealthy wastrel who tries to seduce the family maid. She resists, and he kills her. Long jealous of his brother Lee Bowman, Hayward does his best to pin the blame for the murder on his sibling. Also affected by Hayward's arrogant dementia is his long-suffering wife Jane Wyatt. Originally, director Lang had proposed that the unfortunate maid be a black woman, and that the killing take place

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Drama, Horror, Classics

Nov 22, 2005

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (0) | DVD (6)

The shoestring budget both heightens the director's frustrations and frees his obsessions

February 12, 2010 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

It pits good brother against bad brother.

February 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beautifully made thriller

August 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

It's a subtle achievement, but a great one.

February 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Lang builds the film's routine melodrama into a snappy commentary on moral depravity and eye-for-an-eye retribution.

December 7, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for House By the River

I really enjoyed this melodramatic gothic mystery tale. There aren't many big stars in it, but everyone does a good job. It's exciting and has romance, a lot of drama, and even some laughs. This is a very interesting movie, more like the 40s than 50s, actually. I recommend it.
September 26, 2012
ajv2688

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little seen and low budget gothic thriller with louis hayward in a standout performance as a would be novelist and all around sleaze who accidentally kills his maid while making advances to her. instead of reporting it, he talks his reluctant brother into helping him dump the body in the river. big mistake. the film is very entertaining but could've been stronger if lang had been allowed to make the servant black i think. cinematography is grand with long shots down dark corridors and spooky scenes of the river at night. well worth a look
August 16, 2011
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Stella Dallas

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"House by the River" is another one of those movies that never answers the oh-so-important question of 'Why should we care?' It's about as boring as you can imagine, underacted and sluggishly scripted. Fritz Lang is a director that I tend to rank above others from his era, but here he just misses the mark.
November 9, 2012
Stephen Earnest

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