MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 46,372 this week

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

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 150 users  
Reviews: 10 user | 5 critic

An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

Director:

Writers:

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

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 891 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 8 titles
created 26 Jul 2012
 
a list of 145 titles
created 15 May 2013
 
a list of 122 titles
created 11 months ago
 
list image
a list of 170 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Heat Wave" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Heat Wave (1954)

Heat Wave (1954) on IMDb 6.2/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Heat Wave.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A man on a fishing trip with three of his friends receives a blow to the head that makes him lose his memory. Three years later it all comes back to him, but on the day it does one of the men who was on the trip with him turns up dead.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Paulette Goddard, William Sylvester, Patrick Holt
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Crowds flock to a carnival sideshow to see "The Starving Man", a heavyset man who claims he can go 70 days without eating. However, a couple of murders occur at the carnival, resulting in the police becoming involved.

Director: Montgomery Tully
Stars: John Ireland, Honor Blackman, Geoffrey Keen
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh
The Slasher (1953)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Amongst the bomb-sites and dark alleys of postwar London Roy Walsh and his gang of juvenile delinquents waylay and rob old ladies. Without parental control from his war-widowed doting ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: James Kenney, Joan Collins, Betty Ann Davies
Gumshoe (1971)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Ginley (Albert Finney) is a nightclub bingo caller eager for a career change. On his thirty-first birthday, he advertises himself as a private eye in the newspaper. He dons a trench coat, ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Frank Finlay
Highway 301 (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Led by a psychotic killer, a vicious gang of armed robbers terrorizes Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, robbing banks and payrolls and murdering anyone who might identify them

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby André
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

There is a fortune in gold on Apache land, and Archer, a dirty politician, intends to have it. Things reach the boiling point, but Young, a slick gambler, comes along and saves the day.

Directors: Stuart Gilmore, Edward Ludwig
Stars: Robert Young, Janis Carter, Jack Buetel
Tormented (1960)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.9/10 X  

A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.

Director: Bert I. Gordon
Stars: Richard Carlson, Susan Gordon, Lugene Sanders
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ex-con Red O'Hara becomes a daring news photographer, but his old ways get him into trouble.

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Richard Travis, Julie Bishop, Jackie Gleason
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Discharged by his employer, a private eye stays on a jewel theft case after a model with information for him is murdered.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Tom Conway, Mila Parély, Naomi Chance
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Betty thinks she loves Stacey, but when their elopement is foiled by her father she realizes that is was Terry she was really meant for. This is bad news for her sister Mary Jane, who also ... See full summary »

Director: John Francis Dillon
Stars: Lawrence Gray, Alexander Gray, Bernice Claire
Hot Lead (1951)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Recently released from prison, nice guy Dave Collins finds himself unwillingly mixed up with his old outlaw acquaintances Turk Thorne and his gang as they try to use his telegraphy talents ... See full summary »

Director: Stuart Gilmore
Stars: Tim Holt, Joan Dixon, Ross Elliott
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Alex Nicol ...
Mark Kendrick
Hillary Brooke ...
Carol Forrest
Sidney James ...
Beverly Forrest
Susan Stephen ...
Andrea Forrest
Paul Carpenter ...
Vincent Gordon
Alan Wheatley ...
Inspector MacLennan
Peter Illing ...
Harry Stevens
Gordon McLeod ...
Doctor Emery
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Hardcastle
John Sharp ...
Mr. Hardcastle
Hugh Dempster ...
Frank
Monti DeLyle ...
Head Waiter
Edit

Storyline

An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 April 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heat Wave  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
British trappings can't disguise all-American deadly triangle
1 August 2003 | by (Western New York) – See all my reviews

Heat Wave is the American reissue title of a pretty fair British suspense drama, The House Across The Lake. It retraces the eternal noir triangle (adding English angles): Rich but rough-hewn older husband (Sidney James); duplicitous blonde trophy wife (Hillary Brooke); and the chump (Alex Nicol). There's also the optional element of the jealous daughter by the first wife (Susan Stephen), but she doesn't bring much to the tea party.

Nicol is a pulp novelist who's taken a cottage in the lake country where he sweats, drinks but doesn't make much progress on the page rolled in his typewriter. One night he gets a call from party-central across the water, a posh house called High Wray (the movie is directed by Ken Hughes from his novel of that name). Their launch is down – could Nicol pick up some guests waiting at the club and ferry them up to the house?

He obliges, gets invited in for a thank-you drink, and meets Brooke, the bored, flirtatious wife; her paramour of the moment, pianist Paul Carpenter (she has a weakness for impoverished artistic types); and, later, the daughter. There are `scenes.' Hack writer or no, Nicol can't have read much James M. Cain or he'd be off to his typewriter in a flash, if not all the way back to the States.

James has a bum ticker and plans to write Brooke out of the will, but inevitably the inevitable happens: James, Brooke and Nicol go out on a fishing expedition, a heavy fog enshrouds them, there's an `accident.' (Brooke even sports Stanwyck-in-the-supermarket cheaters at the coroner's inquest.) But a police inspector (Alan Wheatley) takes an undue interest in the case....

Despite a score which quotes Debussy's Le Mer until seasickness ensues, the movie has an American feel to it (due in large part to Americans Nicol and Brooke in the leads, though Brooke's cucumber-sandwich accent would fool Henry Higgins). Its major shortcoming is an abrupt ending which leaves a little too much to be inferred, in an understated British way. Best reason for watching is Brooke, who made her mark in some Sherlock Holmes movies and against Brenda Marshall in Strange Impersonation but never got the parts her talents deserved. Heat Wave is an opportunity to watch what she could do.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Heat Wave (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?