House by the River

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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: January 14, 2020
  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
    • Interview with Celebrated Producer and Historian Pierre Rissient
    • Trailers
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 13


User Ratings: 841
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. Full Review
Senses of Cinema
Jul 8, 2010
Full of Victorian adornments, shadowy lighting and morbid moods, it is a desperate attempt to raise goose-flesh with a standard horror-psychological plot. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
The second-rung cast respond to the spirit but not the tone of the story. Full Review
Feb 11, 2006
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. Full Review
Village Voice
Oct 15, 2014
Rating: 3/5 -- 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. Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 15, 2014
It's a subtle achievement, but a great one. Full Review
Combustible Celluloid
Feb 11, 2006
The shoestring budget both heightens the director's frustrations and frees his obsessions Full Review
Feb 13, 2010

Product Description:

Shot on Republic Pictures' poverty row, which afforded director Fritz Lang creative freedom while limiting his budget, this haunting melodrama stars Louis Hayward as Stephen Byrne (DANCE, GIRL, DANCE), a wealthy writer given to bouts of violence and dementia. When his attempts to seduce his wife's maid are rebuffed, he murders her and solicits his brother John's (Lee Bowman) help in disposing of the body in the river. Stephen's wife, Marjorie (Jane Wyatt, BOOMERANG!), is innocent of her husband's activities, while the upstanding John has growing affections for his brother's wife. As the authorities close in, this love triangle moves toward a dramatic face-off by the river's edge.


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