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The House by the River Details


Fritz Lang was the guiding hand of this laudable Republic Studios melodrama. Louis Hayward stars as a wealthy wastrel who tries to seduce the family maid. She resists, and he kills her. Long jealous of his brother Lee Bowman, Hayward does his best to pin the blame for the murder on his sibling. Also affected by Hayward's arrogant dementia is his long-suffering wife Jane Wyatt. Originally, director Lang had proposed that the unfortunate maid be a black woman, and that the killing take place accidentally during some harmless flirtation on Hayward's part. He was vetoed by the timorous Republic staff (even the slightest hint of miscegenation was taboo in 1950), but House by the River turned out pretty well all the same. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Louis Hayward
as Stephen Byrne
Lee Bowman
as John Byrne
Jane Wyatt
as Marjorie Byrne
Dorothy Patrick
as Emily Gaunt
Ann Shoemaker
as Mrs. Ambrose
Jo Gilbert
as Flora Bantam
Peter Brocco
as Coroner
Margaret Seddon
as Mrs. Whittaker
Sarah Padden
as Mrs. Beach
Kathleen Freeman
as Effie Ferguson
Will Wright
as Inspector Sarten
Leslie Kimmell
as Mr. Gaunt
Effie Laird
as Mrs. Gaunt


Fritz Lang
Howard Welsch
Mel Dinelli
Edward J. Cronjager
John McCarthy
Set Designer
Adele Palmer
Costume Designer
Howard Lydecker
Special Effects
Theodore Lydecker
Special Effects