This week’s mystery movie was the 1950 Republic film House by the River, with Louis Hayward, Lee Bowman, Jane Wyatt, Dorothy Patrick, Ann Shoemaker, Jody Gilbert, Peter Brocco, Howland Chamberlin, Margaret Seddon, Sarah Padden, Kathleen Freeman, Will Wright, Leslie Kimmell and Effie Laird.
Associate producer Robert Peters.
Music by George Antheil.
Photography by Edward Cronjager. Art direction by Boris Leven.
Orchestration by R. Dale Butts. Edited by Arthur D. Hilton. Sound by Dick Tyler and Howard Wilson.
Costumes by Adele Palmer. Set decorations by John McCarthy Jr. and Charles Thompson.
Special effects by Howard and Theodore Lydecker. Makeup by Bob Mark. Hairstyles by Peggy Gray. Optical effects by Consolidated Film Industries.
Produced by Howard Welsch.
Directed by Fritz Lang.
More on the history of House by the River is available from the AFI catalog.
House by the River is available on DVD from Critics’ Choice Videos.
I chose House by the River after seeing a comment by Farran Smith Nehme, one of my favorite film writers. It’s a good movie, despite the review from Harrison’s Reports. The film has a number of fans who have uploaded lots of screen shots, so this finding usable images this week was a challenge.
I’m going to guess that Bosley Crowther reviewed and hated it.
Yes, it was Bosley, writing May 2, 1950 (spoiler alert – he didn’t approve of such goings-on):
For those who might care to be enlightened as to how an unprincipled young man secretly murdered a woman and then almost — but not quite — shifts the blame upon his innocent brother, there is Fritz Lang’s new film, titled House by the River, which came to the Mayfair yesterday. Full of Victorian adornments, shadowy lighting and morbid moods, it is a desperate attempt to raise gooseflesh with a standard horror-psychological plot.
But we fear that neither the enlightenment nor the excitement that a customer might expect in such a flickering melodrama is provided by this film.
For Monday, we have a mysterious couple. And, incredibly enough, they do not approve of such goings-on.
This is Effie Laird and Leslie Kimmell.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery leg. We’ll see the rest of our mystery guest later this week.
Update: This is Dorothy Patrick in a key scene from the film.
For “Hm Wednesday,” we have a mystery woman. You can probably guess how she feels about such goings-on.
Update: This is Jody Gilbert.
Brain Trust roll call: Jenny M. (mystery movie and the owner of Tuesday’s mystery leg).
Sylvia: You’re quite observant! Good for you!
For “Aha Thursday,” we have a mystery woman.
Update: This is a better view of Dorothy Patrick.
We also have this mystery woman and a mystery scarecrow.
Update: This is Ann Shoemaker.
Brain Trust roll call: B.J. Merholz (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery woman), Mike Hawks (mystery movie and Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s mysterious women), Patrick (Wednesday’s mystery woman), Jenny M. (Wednesday’s mystery woman) and Sheila (mystery movie and Wednesday’s mystery woman).
For Friday, we have this mysterious gentleman.
Update: This is Lee Bowman.
Then we have this mysterious woman. She does not approve of such goings-on.
Update: This is Jane Wyatt.
And then there’s this fellow. I don’t need to tell you what he thinks of such goings-on.
Update: This is Louis Hayward having a moment.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie, Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s mystery guests) and Mike Hawks (Thursday’s mystery guests).