The House by the River

The House by the River

Louis Hayward
Director: Fritz Lang Cast: Louis Hayward
Louis Hayward
, Lee Bowman
Lee Bowman
, Jane Wyatt
Jane Wyatt
Fritz Lang

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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 Republic staff (even the slightest hint of miscegenation was taboo in 1950), but House by the River turned out pretty well all the same.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2020
UPC: 0738329242589
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:28:00
Sales rank: 9,478

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas; Interview with Celebrated Producer and Historian Pierre Rissient; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Louis Hayward Stephen Byrne
Lee Bowman John Byrne
Jane Wyatt Marjorie Byrne
Dorothy Patrick Emily Gaunt
Ann Shoemaker Mrs. Ambrose
Jo Gilbert Flora Bantam
Peter Brocco Coroner
Howland Chamberlain District Attorney
Margaret Seddon Mrs. Whittaker
Sarah Padden Mrs. Beach
Kathleen Freeman Effie Ferguson
Will Wright Inspector Sarten
Leslie Kimmell Mr. Gaunt
Effie Laird Mrs. Gaunt

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director
George Antheil Score Composer
Edward J. Cronjager Cinematographer
Mel Dinelli Screenwriter
Arthur D. Hilton Editor
Bert Leven Art Director
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Theodore Lydecker Special Effects
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Thompson Set Decoration/Design
Howard Welsch Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- House by the River
255. Chapters
1. Chapter 1 [7:31]
2. Chapter 2 [13:36]
3. Chapter 3 [12:35]
4. Chapter 4 [10:35]
5. Chapter 5 [8:40]
6. Chapter 6 [14:02]
7. Chapter 7 [12:39]
8. Chapter 8 [8:29]

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