House By the River
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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 accidentally during some harmless flirtation on Hayward's part. He was vetoed by the timorous… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The shoestring budget both heightens the director's frustrations and frees his obsessions"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a subtle achievement, but a great one."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It pits good brother against bad brother."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lang builds the film's routine melodrama into a snappy commentary on moral depravity and eye-for-an-eye retribution."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Beautifully made thriller"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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