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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.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ken Hughes (screenplay), Ken Hughes (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alex Nicol ... Mark Kendrick
Hillary Brooke ... Carol Forrest
Sidney James ... Beverly Forrest
Susan Stephen ... Andrea Forrest
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Vincent Gordon
Alan Wheatley Alan Wheatley ... Inspector MacLennan
Peter Illing ... Harry Stevens
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Doctor Emery
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Hardcastle
John Sharp ... Mr. Hardcastle
Hugh Dempster Hugh Dempster ... Frank
Monti DeLyle Monti DeLyle ... Head Waiter (as Monti de Lyle)
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heat Wave See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films,Lippert Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.65 : 1
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As known as 'The House Across The Lake' in the UK. See more »

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Despite being set in the Lake District in England Carol drives a left hand drive car on the right side of the road. In England cards drive on the left and cars are right-hand drive. See more »

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Booze + Brooke = Double Trouble
28 March 2015 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Self-described American "hack novelist" Alex Nicol (as Mark Kendrick) is living in England. Hoping to avoid women and alcohol in order to finish a book, Mr. Nicol rents a small bungalow outside of London. Across the lake from his residence, Nicol observes partying. Very quickly, he joins the celebration and gets drunk. If you're guessing a woman is up next, you're correct. Nicol surprisingly passes over pretty young Susan Stephen (as Andrea Forrest) and succumbs to the advances of her step-mother Hillary Brooke (as Carol). Her wealthy and unhealthy husband Sidney James (as Beverly Forrest) plus a pianist lover aren't enough for Ms. Brooke, apparently...

This seems like "Double Indemnity" with a dash of "Sunset Boulevard". Director Ken Hughes adapted the screenplay from his own novel, which was undoubtedly more clearly drawn. Nicol and the setting work, and Mr. Hughes moves it quickly. The main characters' sexual relationships are not convincing, however. Throwing in a couple lines indicating Nichol had a brief affair with Ms. Brooke years ago might have helped us believe his attraction, and Ms. Stephen seems too desirable for her role. Most irritating, there is a character inappropriately held responsible for an act of murder, and we're not sure why this person simply doesn't state the facts before the story ends.

**** The House Across the Lake (4/16/54) Ken Hughes ~ Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Sidney James, Susan Stephen


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