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The House Across the Bay (1940)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 1 March 1940 (USA)
An aircraft designer falls for the wife of an imprisoned gangster. All goes well until the gangster gets out of prison...



(original story), (screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steve
... Brenda
... Slant
... Tim
... Mary
... Alice
... Babe
... Charley (as Joseph Sawyer)
... Crawley
Billy Wayne ... Barney
Georges Renavent ... French Official
... Jim
Frank Bruno ... Jerry - Slant's Henchman
... Federal Man
... Judge


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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Crime | Drama


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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?
Brenda: Because you're just crazy about bicarbonate of soda.
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Referenced in Famous Movie Dogs (1940) See more »


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Joan Bennett Is Worth Waiting For
2 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

Beautiful lounge singer Joan Bennett (as Brenda "Lucky" Bentley) marries racketeer businessman George Raft (as Steve Larwitt). The two are blissfully in love, but his criminal past spells T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Thinking prison will protect Mr. Raft from rival gangsters, Ms. Bennett helps the F.B.I. put him behind bars. But, she tearfully regrets it when Raft is sentenced to ten years at Alcatraz. The frame-up is engineered by Raft's sneaky aide Lloyd Nolan (as Slant Kolma), who wants Bennett for himself. She rejects Mr. Nolan and rents "The House Across the Bay" from Alcatraz, to be close to Raft. Enter Walter Pidgeon (as Tim Nolan).

Producer Walter Wanger does a wonderful job showcasing bride Bennett in this crime thriller. Bennett is stunningly presented, and acts well, too. Others in the cast are also very strong, but it would have been nice to tie Mr. Pidgeon's aviation character in with Raft's somehow - perhaps as a wronged business partner or old acquaintance. Boozy blonde Gladys George (as Mary) lends notable support. Director Archie Mayo and photographer Merritt Gerstad do an excellent job - the three prison meeting scenes are marvelously staged - with help from assistant directors Charles Kerr and Alfred Hitchcock.

******* The House Across the Bay (3/1/40) Archie Mayo ~ Joan Bennett, George Raft, Lloyd Nolan, Gladys George

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