House by the River

Synopsis: The unsuccessful writer Stephen Byrne tries to force his servant Emily Gaunt sexually while his wife Marjorie Byrne is visiting a friend and accidentally strangles her. His crippled brother John Byrne coincidently comes to his house in that moment, and Stephen asks him to help to get rid of the corpse and avoid an scandal, since his wife would be pregnant. The naive and good John helps his brother to dump the body in the river nearby his house. Stephen uses the disappearance of Emily to blame her and promote his book. When the body is found by the police, all the evidences points to John, and he becomes the prime suspect of the murder.
Director(s): Fritz Lang
Production: Republic
Rotten Tomatoes:
83 min

I only know that I'm

not going to help you.

For once you're going to get

out of this thing by yourself.

John if you won't do this for me,

do it for Marjorie. For her sake.

Did you know that Marjorie went into

town today, to see the doctor?

Is she ill?

She's going to have a baby.

Now can you understand why I must get

out of this, why you must help me?


I suppose I must.

Good. Now go back and warn

me if anyone comes.


Wait a minute!

It'll soon be over, John.

She'll soon be in the river

and it'll all be forgotten.


- Yes. Yes. I mean for the time being.

We weight it, and take it way

out, were it'll stay sunk.



Marjorie, is that you out there?

No, it's me, Mrs Ambrose.

- Oh, it's you Stephen.

Stay down. I'll get rid of her.

Is Marjorie back yet?

- No. Not yet, Mrs Ambrose.

I wanted to ask her what

she's going to wear tonight.

I thought of my best black.

But still, no, it's never very

dressy at the Whittaker's.

Well, she'll be home

before long, Mrs Ambrose.

My, she stayed late, didn't she?

Well, of course the Lawlers are

always hard to get away from.

Maybe she missed her train?

I'm not worried, she'll be here soon.

Well, ask her to drop in for a moment

if she has time, will you Stephen?

Yes I'll do that. I must go in now.

I have to get ready myself.

I'll see you at the party

then. Until later

I thought the old hag would never leave.

I thought you said Marjorie went

to the doctor's today? -She did.

Mrs Ambrose said she

went to the Lawler's.

She went both places.

- The Lawlers live in the country

If she went there that means she spent

the day -I think she went to the doctor's!

Now stop quibbling and help.

A scandal would ruin all of us.

We have more people to consider

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Mel Dinelli

Mel Dinelli (born 6 October 1912, Albuquerque, New Mexico - d. 28 November 1991, Los Angeles, California) was an American writer for theatre, radio, film and magazines, usually in the suspense genre. He attended the University of Washington. more…

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