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Heat Wave (1954)
"The House Across the Lake" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  16 April 1954 (USA)
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An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

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Alex Nicol ...
Mark Kendrick
Hillary Brooke ...
Carol Forrest
Sidney James ...
Beverly Forrest
Susan Stephen ...
Andrea Forrest
Paul Carpenter ...
Vincent Gordon
Alan Wheatley ...
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Harry Stevens
Gordon McLeod ...
Doctor Emery
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Hardcastle
John Sharp ...
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Hugh Dempster ...
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An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

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James M. Cain rip-off is more engaging than most of the films in VCI's "Hammer Noir" collection
29 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An American writer (Alex Nicol), down on his luck, meets his rich neighbors who also live by the lake. He befriends the ailing husband (Sid James) and falls in love with the duplicitous wife (Hillary Brooke).

Ken Hughes directed "The House Across the Lake" (with the irrelevant American title of "Heat Wave") from his own screenplay based on his own novel. I guess he is the only one to blame for the story's blatant rip-off of James M. Cain (particularly "The Postman Always Rings Twice" and "Double Indemnity"). But at least he rips off the best, which means this crime thriller is more engaging than most of the films included in VCI's "Hammer Noir" DVD collection.


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