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Heat Wave (1954)

The House Across the Lake (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 16 April 1954 (USA)
An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

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Mark Kendrick
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Andrea Forrest
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Peter Illing ...
Harry Stevens
Gordon McLeod ...
Doctor Emery
Joan Hickson ...
Mrs. Hardcastle
John Sharp ...
Mr. Hardcastle
Hugh Dempster ...
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Monti DeLyle ...
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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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Lady from Shanghai only it ain't just the water that's fresh.
20 November 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Surprisingly good for a budget Hammer film. Lacking the tantalising gorgeousness of Rita Hayworth or the star-power of Orson Welles and Everett Sloane in Lady from Shanghai the similarly water-borne and much more likely inspiration, the leads do well and the director/screenwriter keeps things nicely atmospheric. The plot twists are effective. But overall the plot lacks the complexity, novelty and power of Lady from Shanghai and the ending is sudden and perfunctory. And ungallant though it might be to say so, the film's femme fatale it has to be said is mature to the point of being a femme mildly injurious but certainly is not lacking in the dramatic stakes.

A 6.5 Seen on Talking Pictures TV


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