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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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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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Release Date:

1 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Het huis aan de baai  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Mary: Oh that cheap liquor. Why do I do it?
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Worth It If Only For Gladys George
14 February 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Joan Bennett plays a chanteuse. Her first song is a la Carmen Miranda and involves her Chihuahua. That song is a must.

George Raft has a relatively small role, though he gets top billing. Bennett is the focus. Lloyd Nolan plays a sleazy lawyer. Walter Pigeon is an entrepreneur who falls for Bennett.

Early in the movie, Raft is sent to Alcatraz. The scenes in which we see wives and girlfriends on a boat going from San Francisco to the jail are beautiful. And on the ship is -- Gladys George.

What a marvelous actress she was! She was poignant and could be witty when asked to be (as she is here.) Bennett is chic and her acting is good. But Gladys George is my girl.

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