Twisted psychological intrigue is at the heart of House by the Sea. Evil has a way of coming back to haunt its practitioners in Lang’s disturbing drama. Louis Hayward plays a married writer living on the banks of a dark river who accidentally kills his young maid during a rebuffed attempt to romance her. He first tries to dispose of the body in the river, but when the corpse washes ashore, he decides to pin the crime on his crippled brother (Lee Bowman). When the writer’s wife (Jane Wyatt) discovers his crime, she joins the accused brother in exposing her husband.
Mel Dinelli, who co-wrote the screenplay, specialized in murder mystery film noirs. Some of Dinelli’s other films in the genre include The Spiral Staircase (1946), The Window (1949), Beware My Lovely (1952) and Jeopardy (1953).
Cast: Louis Hayward, Jane Wyatt, Lee Bowman, Ann Shoemaker
Director: Fritz Lang
Producer: Howard Welsch
Director of Photography: Edward Cronjager
Editor: Arthur Hilton
Composer: George Antheil
Screenwriters: Mel Dinelli, A. P. Herbert
Production Designer: Bert Leven
USA / Republic / 88 minutes / 1950