House By the River
House By the River (1950)

In this 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.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Its 85 minutes stuffed with shadowy menace, odd magical-realisms (what is it with the jumping fish?), and effortless tension, House by the River is quintessential Lang.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Full of Victorian adornments, shadowy lighting and morbid moods, it is a desperate attempt to raise goose-flesh with a standard horror-psychological plot.

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David Cairns
Senses of Cinema

House by the River is a gothic melodrama, and it marshals its limited resources to create a rich and pervasive atmosphere of decay and corruption.

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Variety Staff
Variety

House by the River is a fair mystery which lacks sufficient plot twists and suspense.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

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.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

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

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Tom Charity
Time Out

It's a bleak, gloomy film, one in which the psychological undercurrents seem to be flooding over the banks, drowning any fleeting vestige of rationality in a perverse Teutonic romanticism.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

While House By the River is, at least, a typically interesting Lang film, it suffers from a weak script and uninspired performances that even the director's moody visuals have trouble saving.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It pits good brother against bad brother.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
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… More
Stella Dallas
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… More
Stephen Earnest
"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… More