House By the River
House By the River (1950)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1950
DVD 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

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

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

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 V
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