House By the River
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House By the River
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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Full of Victorian adornments, shadowy lighting and morbid moods, it is a desperate attempt to raise goose-flesh with a standard horror-psychological plot."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"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."
‑ David Cairns, Senses of Cinema
"Beautifully made thriller"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Lang builds the film's routine melodrama into a snappy commentary on moral depravity and eye-for-an-eye retribution."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"House by the River is a fair mystery which lacks sufficient plot twists and suspense."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"The shoestring budget both heightens the director's frustrations and frees his obsessions"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The second-rung cast respond to the spirit but not the tone of the story."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Tom Charity, Time Out
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It pits good brother against bad brother."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It's a subtle achievement, but a great one."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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