MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,900 this week

House by the River (1950)

7.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.2/10 from 1,623 users  
Reviews: 37 user | 21 critic

A deranged writer murders a maid after she resists his advances. The writer engages his brother's help in hiding the body, and then watches as the brother becomes the prime suspect.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 23 Oct 2010
 
a list of 25 titles
created 10 Jul 2011
 
a list of 46 titles
created 20 Feb 2013
 
a list of 38 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 31 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: House by the River (1950)

House by the River (1950) on IMDb 7.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of House by the River.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Spies (1928)
Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Gerda Maurus, Willy Fritsch
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee
Fury (1936)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

When a wrongly accused prisoner barely survives a lynch mob attack and is presumed dead, he vindictively decides to frame the mob for his murder.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Spencer Tracy, Walter Abel
Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Otto Wernicke, Gustav Diessl
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Kay Hoog wants to stop the organisation "Die Spinnen" to get a certain diamond, that will give the owning woman the crown of Asia, but the man, who should be the owner of that diamond, ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A tenacious scientist blasts off for the moon in hopes of riches that may be found there.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Klaus Pohl, Willy Fritsch, Gustav von Wangenheim
The Big Heat (1953)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando
Destiny (1921)
Fantasy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Bernhard Goetzke
Harakiri (1919)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The Buddah priest wants the Daughter of the Daimyo to become a priest at the Forbidden Garden. The Daimyo thinks, if he was in Europe, that his daughter should decide on her own, but he is ... See full summary »

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Paul Biensfeldt, Lil Dagover, Georg John
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Kay Hoog finds a message that indicates that some Incas are still alive, but the secret organisation "Die Spinnen" wants the Incas' gold....

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Carl de Vogt, Ressel Orla, Georg John
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Mia May, Hans Marr, Rudolf Klein-Rogge
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Hermann Böttcher, Carola Toelle, Lilli Lohrer
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Lee Bowman ...
John Byrne
...
Marjorie Byrne
Dorothy Patrick ...
Emily Gaunt
Ann Shoemaker ...
Mrs. Ambrose
Jody Gilbert ...
Flora Bantam
Peter Brocco ...
Harry - Coroner
Howland Chamberlain ...
District Attorney
Margaret Seddon ...
Mrs. Whittaker - Party Guest
Sarah Padden ...
Mrs. Beach
...
Effie Ferguson - Party Guest
...
Inspector Sarten
Leslie Kimmell ...
Mr. Gaunt
Effie Laird ...
Mrs. Gaunt
Edit

Storyline

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 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 is found by the police, all the evidences points to John, and he becomes the prime suspect of the murder. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

brother | writer | murder | maid | river | See All (56) »

Taglines:

Enticing blonde beauty lures a lover's straying eyes ... See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 March 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Floodtide  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Fritz Lang originally wanted a black woman to play the role of Emily Gaunt but the producers refused. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Cold-blooded and callous murder and a flawed cover-up
11 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

House by the River (1950)

A straight up Gothic murder scenario with echoes of the 1945 "Spiral Staircase." A family with two brothers at odds with each other is living in a house and one of them is a murderer. And at first only the audience knows who. Their relative isolation on the banks of a wide river means only that they will have little help when danger occurs. The neighbors and police and few and far.

Louis Hayward plays the main character, Stephen Byrne, a writer and a bit of a self-important cad. Hayward has an odd style on film during this era, attractive and likable at first, but with an acerbic humor and some kind of unworkable stiffness, as if you know he's always performing. But he's clever about it, and when you realize he isn't meant to be exactly lovable, he's pretty well cast. Byrne's brother, wife, and maid all come through with solid if uninspired performances, and you wonder exactly what held everyone back. Fritz Lang has many more successful melodramas than this one.

I think the weakness is largely the raw material, the story itself, which is a bit straight forward. One brother commits a murder, the other is drawn into helping cover it up, and then the tensions build between them as an inquest raises questions. It has moments, but there are no further twists that work. The ending is out of character, almost comical in its false (and unlikely) horror.

Along the way, though, are a series of nice scenes, inside the house at night, along the river at night, at a party meant to hide the killer's guilt, and so on. The music is especially helpful in jabbing the audience at key moments. American Georges Antheil was a composer famous for his avant-garde pieces in the 1920s in Europe before settling into a Hollywood routine. You can detect, and appreciate, the edge he brings to the score. The photography by contrast is good without rising up to the possibilities of these kinds of settings--the house, the river, the dock, all have more dramatic potential that we just don't see.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The pencil that rolls off the desk Stuart Gardner
copy of 'house by the river' jude-thadd
Which Fritz Lang Film Should I Watch Next marhefka
Discuss House by the River (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?