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The House Across the Bay (1940)

An aircraft designer falls for the wife of an imprisoned gangster. All goes well until the gangster gets out of prison...

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Brenda
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Slant
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Tim
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Mary
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Alice
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Babe
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Charley (as Joseph Sawyer)
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Crawley
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Barney
Georges Renavent ...
French Official
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Jim
Frank Bruno ...
Jerry - Slant's Henchman
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Federal Man
Edward Fielding ...
Judge
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An aircraft designer falls for the wife of an imprisoned gangster. All goes well until the gangster gets out of prison...

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1 March 1940 (USA)  »

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Het huis aan de baai  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger films re-released theatrically in the 1940s by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in New York City on WCBS Saturday 19 August 1950. See more »

Quotes

Mary: Oh that cheap liquor. Why do I do it?
Brenda: Because you're just crazy about bicarbonate of soda.
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Referenced in Famous Movie Dogs (1940) See more »

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So, Who is the Dirty Rat?
30 April 2010 | by (Las Cruces, New Mexico) – See all my reviews

A George Raft movie I never saw? Impossible, but true. And I don't think many others have seen it either. The plot isn't much, but the movie does have a certain charm. George Raft elevated under acting to a fine art, but in this movie, he almost seems animated. I could tell because he raised his voice a half decibel, and he smiled.

He plays a hard boiled gangster who falls for his lucky charm played by Joan Bennett. He is so fixed on her he is blind to all the enemies around him. Joan sells him out to the IRS to keep him from being snuffed, and the Feds tuck him away in Alcatraz for ten years. But as we know, these things never work out. Don't pay too much attention to the plot. It's routine and predictable. Instead, watch the acting. None of the principals seem to deliver the performance you might expect. George Raft gets emotional and, at times, even seems a little vulnerable. Joan Bennett, who can be very seductive, seems schizophrenic and switches from light comedy to pure drama without warning. Walter Pigeon plays Walter Pigeon, but with less intensity and no mustache. I should give honorable mention to Lloyd Nolan in a supporting role as a rat. I always give Lloyd Nolan honorable mention. An amusing coincidence here. The movie takes place in San Francisco, which was Lloyd Nolan's home town. Also, Walter Pigeon's character is named Nolan, and it was curious to watch Lloyd Nolan talking to Mr Nolan. I kept watching his face to see if I could detect a wink or a nod of recognition, but he is too good an actor and never so much as blinked.

This may be a routine pot boiler, but some of the performances are worth watching, so tune in. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


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