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Plot: The unsuccessful writer Stephen Byrne tries to force his servant Emily Gaunt sexually while his wife Marjorie Byrne is visiting a friend and accidentally strangles her. His crippled brother John Byrne coincidently comes to his house in that moment, and Stephen asks him to help to get rid of the… Runtime: 83 min Release Date: 25 Mar 1950
...is one of the creepiest lines I have heard from a movie. That single name, uttered snidely in the dark by Louis Hayward will make your skin crawl.I've seen House by the River at least 6 times. I don't know why I like it so much. It's a wonderfully well-done film but it creeps the heck out of me every time I watch it. Louis Hayward in the performance of his life plays a psychopathic wastrel of a writer in the late 1800's who tries to rape the housemaid while his wife is away, but accidentally strangles her. He cons his brother into helping him get rid of the body. He gets <more>
inspiration from this for a book, and his book is a success. But when certain people get in the way of his success, he turns the whole thing around in the most diabolical way possible.Out of all Fritz Lang's sound films, yes, even M, House by the River is my favorite. The Gothic atmosphere is so intense... the photography, the music, and acting all fit together perfectly. It might not be Lang's best American film but I think it's one of his most unique.
This movie is terribly underrated in my opinion and one of Fritz Lang's best movies ever. Despite there being no big superstars in this the acting is superb and the story is very interesting and well written.
One of the Most Despicable Characters I Have Ever Seen (by claudio_carvalho)
The unsuccessful writer Stephen Byrne Louis Hayward tries to force his servant Emily Gaunt Dorothy Patrick sexually while his wife Marjorie Byrne Jane Wyatt is visiting a friend and accidentally strangles her. His crippled brother John Byrne Lee Bowman coincidently comes to his house in that moment, and Stephen asks him to help to get rid of the corpse and avoid an scandal, since his wife would be pregnant. The naive and good John helps his brother to dump the body in the river nearby his house. Stephen uses the disappearance of Emily to blame her and promote his book. When the body <more>
is found by the police, all the evidences points to John, and he becomes the prime suspect of the murder. "House by the River" is a dark and tense movie with one of the most despicable characters I have ever seen. Louis Hayward is perfect in the role of a scum, capable of killing, defaming, lying, falsely accusing, and maintaining cold blood. Jane Wyatt and Lee Bowman complete the efficient trio of lead cast. Fritz Lang uses with mastery the shadows and lights in the black and white cinematography as usual. The story is very tense, but the conclusion is very abrupt and quite conventional, moralist and commercial. In my opinion, this excellent film deserved a darker and amoral ending to become another masterpiece of this outstanding director. My vote is nine.Title Brazil : "Maldição" "Curse"
A lot of movies just are not shown frequently as they should be. I was first aware of this obscure movie by Fritz Lang when I was at my college in the early 1970s, and was reading a book about his films. Then I finally saw it about five years ago on channel 75 in New York City, in a series of movies for a City College film course. It was worth waiting for.Louis Hayward is married to Jane Wyatt, and lives in a small town near his brother Lee Bowman. The year is about 1890, and it is set in a rural section of New England near a major river as the title suggests . Hayward is supposed to be a <more>
promising writer, but the truth is that he wrote a few small stories that got published awhile back, and he's been pretending to be working on a novel for nearly two years. He takes a fancy to a new servant Dorothy Patrick whom he attacks and kills when she resists him. Frantic he begs his brother to assist him, and Bowman makes the mistake of agreeing. They dispose of the body, but the missing girl's fate becomes a subject of local interest, and ironically Hayward is able to make a better impression on the locals than Bowman does. Soon they are suspecting Bowman. Hayward, ever an opportunist, is fully willing to let Bowman take this heat - especially as he is suspicious of whether Wyatt and Bowman who once dated may be still in love. In the meantime the body of Patrick reemerges, and in one of the best sequences Hayward puts the body into a rowboat and rows in the early morning hours for miles up the river, until he can find a spot to drop the body which is still eventually traced back to his home, but to Bowman .Lang always showed the darker side of human nature in his films, like the mindless mob violence in FURY. Here it is the brittle, nasty small-minded New England neighbors of Bowman, Wyatt, and Howard, who are impressed by Howard's friendlier demeanor and don't like the stand-offishness of Bowman. The evidence against Bowman is quite weak, but the dislike his character causes with these boobs makes him a likely murder suspect.Louis Hayward was a competent actor, usually a minor league swashbuckler THE SON OF MONTE CRISTO . Here he is given a negative role, and makes the most of it. His Steven Byrne is not among the great villains in movies, but it is an interesting study in arrogance and selfishness that is worthy of watching. His claims to writer's block are patently false, as we never see him even struggling to write anything he is seen sitting at tables with paper and pens near him, but no activities whatsoever . But he knows how to feed a friendly and superior but accessible air to the townsfolk. This may be his best performance.Bowman, usually a figure in comedies or a supporting man for Susan Hayward in one of her "weepies" purposely plays his role of John Byrne as a taciturn type - stiff but not hostile. But the stiffness goes against the thin skins of the idiot townsfolk who prefer Hayward's false front . And Wyatt best known for her performance in LOST HORIZON or as Robert Young's wife on FATHER KNOWS BEST does well as the long suffering Marjorie.Not SCARLET STREET, FURY, or YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE, but definitely worth watching.
Lang and Wyatt team for Gothic drama (by jarrodmcdonald-1)
I watched Fritz Lang's HOUSE BY THE RIVER, because I was curious about seeing Jane Wyatt in a Gothic noir. After all, most people remember her as the wife on TV's Father Knows Best.Also, I was curious about Lang directing a picture at Republic Pictures, a studio known mostly for its moderately budgeted programmers and B-films. Would it even be any good? Rest assured, it was.Lang's story is very atmospheric and makes good use of on-location exteriors involving a corpse floating down river. The set design for the mansion is intriguing, and Wyatt does a rather convincing job as a <more>
society wife who comes to discover that husband Louis Hayward is a nefarious murderer. On another note, I have a feeling that Alfred Hitchcock enjoyed HOUSE BY THE RIVER and borrowed from it when making PSYCHO. The way the body is wrapped up and 'drowned' in the water seems repeated in Hitchcock's film. Plus, there's a line where a character says the killer is like a harmless fly...and that is definitely repeated at the end of PSYCHO. Then there's the mansion-- it seems like a looming character in HOUSE BY THE RIVER, just like it does in PSYCHO.
It's people who should be blamed for the filth, not the river. (by Spikeopath)
House by the River is directed by Fritz Lang and adapted by Mel Dinelli from A.P. Herbert's novel The House on the River. It stars Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt, Lee Bowman & Dorothy Patrick. Music is by George Antheil and photography by Edward J. Cronjager.Novelist Stephen Byrne Hayward makes a play for the house maid and unwittingly kills her when she repels his advances. Enlisting the help of his disabled brother, John Bowman , to dispose of the body in the river, Stephen suddenly finds that the publicity surrounding the maid's disappearance has put him in vogue again. In fact <more>
he finds his muse sufficiently stoked enough to craft another novel. But as easy as Stephen finds it easy to have no conscience, the opposite is the case with John, and with the river refusing to hold its secrets, something is going to give.Working out of Republic pictures, Lang refused to let the low budget production hamper his vision of a bleak Cain & Abel like Gothic-noir-melodrama. He did, however, meet some resistance when requesting that the maid be played by a black woman, which was quickly shot down by nervous executives at the famed "B" movie studio. House by the River is far from being among the best of Lang's work, but the final product is still a triumph considering it's basically a three character piece set virtually in just two locations. It scores high on eerie atmosphere and finds Lang dealing in moral bankruptcy/responsibility and the eye for an eye mentality. Ushered into the narrative, too, is a Lang fave of people irked by loving someone they can't have. These themes allow the director to gloss over the simple script and dally in some truly arresting visuals.Aided considerably by Cronjager's Desert Fury/CanyonPassage chiaroscuro photography, Lang's film is a lesson in how to maximise effect from limited sets. The actual house on the river, and that of the neighbour resplendent with creepy scarecrow in garden , has a very disquiet feel to it, fronted by shimmering water that carries the dead carcass' of animals, it's a most haunting setting. And the eerie atmosphere continues inside the house, where shadows work their wonders and Antheil's music sticks rigidly and rightly to the creaky house formula. The cast don't pull up any trees, but they don't need to. Hayward is perhaps too animated for a study in snide villainy, but it works and he has a nice line in visual mocking. The rest fall in line for what is required, with the best of the bunch being Ann Shoemaker as nosey neighbour Mrs. Ambrose.Once a hard to find film, House by the River is now easily accessible after gaining a DVD release the print is fine, some age spotting and crackles, but completely watchable . It's a film that is easily recommended to Lang and Gothic house based movie purists. Driven by a despicable protagonist and cloaked in a creepy noirish vibe, it deserves to now gain a better and more appreciative audience. 7.5/10
House By The River was a simple tale masterfully brought to the screen by Fritz Lang in his best conventional yet classy style. It was shot on a shoestring budget for Republic but a brooding atmosphere was captured beautifully by intelligent production and marvellous period sets on sharp nitrate film stock. Even the studio shot scenes of the garden with long shots of the bricky houses are fascinating to sink into.Louis Haywood plays a budding writer with pretensions to Art and dubious morals who accidentally murders his lowly servant girl and drags his weaker brother into the mess to help him <more>
out. The story is simply played out to the bitter end, and although I wish the police angle could have been given more prominence it's completely logical. The part the River plays isn't as large as the House, but it's a darkly inspired mix; I've always wondered what colour the wallpaper was. Haywood often played ambivalent characters, however there's no ambivalence here in his portrayal of Stephen Byrne he's an evil swine all right. When it's all done you should be left with admiration for a director who could make a little go such a long way, with the help of a great team and cast of course!It deserves more attention than it gets maybe the simple descriptive title didn't help it win immortality, otoh a more eye-catching "Strangled In The Dark" wouldn't have been as good either! This is one of those little films to treasure and something to revel in at the cinema or late at night on TV with the lights off for maximum effect.
"There's a limit to this business of being brothers." (by Handlinghandel)
Louis Hayward utters this chilling line. His brother, Lee Bowman, has a physical disability. He has always been loyal to Hayward. But Hayward is looking out for number one -- big time.I had seen a terrible print of this movie once years ago and figured it to be lesser Fritz Lang. Not so! It is certainly one of the very best of his American movies. It's beautifully filmed, extremely well plotted, and cast superbly.It is, in summary, a terrifying movie.The Hayward character is responsible for a killing very early in the plot. He had not intended it, though his motives were not very high in <more>
the circumstance causing it. He doesn't care whom he drags down to keep his name clear and finish the book he is writing about the crime.In addition to excellent performances by Hayward, Bowman, and Jane Wyatt as Hayward's wife, the supporting cast is a dream: Plump Jody Gilbert is pathetic and hateful simultaneously as Bowman's maid. Ann Shoemaker gives a touch of comic relief -- but just a touch -- as a nosy neighbor of Hayward and Wyatt.Like the best of Lang -- "The Big Heat," "Fury," "M," "Metropolis," and the Mabuse films -- this concerns morality and its lack. There is a Biblical feel to it, as evidenced in the quote from Hayward Cain regarding his fine brother Abel/Bowman.It could scarcely be better than it is.