The House Across the Lake (1954) 1080p YIFY Movie

The House Across the Lake (1954) 1080p

An American writer living in England gets entangled in a scheme by a beautiful blonde to murder her rich husband.

IMDB: 60 Likes

  • Genre: Crime | Drama
  • Quality: 1080p
  • Size: 1.31G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English  
  • Run Time: 68
  • IMDB Rating: 6/10 
  • MPR: Normal
  • Peers/Seeds: 0 / 0

The Synopsis for The House Across the Lake (1954) 1080p


The Director and Players for The House Across the Lake (1954) 1080p

[Director]Alex Nicol
[Director]Ken Hughes
[Role:]Sidney James
[Role:]Hillary Brooke


The Reviews for The House Across the Lake (1954) 1080p


Did he fall overboard or was he pushed?Reviewed byulicknormanowenVote: 7/10

The film noir triangle is not typically American :lots of English ,Italian or French movies deal with it: this one is a little derivative,and the ending predictable,but the stifling atmosphere (alternate title:"heat wave" ) of this fateful lake and the house across where the hero is attracted by a femme fatale build a good suspense ; the story is in fact a flashback told by the principal to an invisible person ;as soon as he sets foot on the landing ,his fate is sealed. However, warnings abound : "The pianist must not be her husband cause wives do not look at them that way" "my wife collects men as others do with butterflies" "Carole's in love with herself" ; but when she appears ,blonde Hillary Brooks looks like a Germanic beauty , so sure of herself, she can drive men crazy : Alex Nicol is so obsessed he is not able to write his new book anymore ,and is ceaselessly attracted to the house like a moth around the flame .The misty lake provides a good setting for a perfect murder .

Note, in a small part,Joan Hickson ,the future Miss Marple.

Like a reworking of "Double Indemnity".Reviewed byplanktonrulesVote: 7/10

Alex Nichol and Hillary Brooke were not exactly household names in Hollywood. This is not to say they were unsuccessful. No, they both had many TV and movie appearances to their credit. But they also never quite were leading man and leading lady material. And, like other second and third-tier actors at the time (such as Richard Basehart), they were lured to Europe for starring roles in lesser productions. "Heat Wave" is a lower-budgeted British thriller--and the Brits were happy to have some Americans in the leads as it would increase the marketability of the film. In other words, folks in the States might be more likely to book this in their theaters.

Mark is sitting at a bar getting drunk when he's approached by someone. He seems to know who it is and buys that person a drink and begins telling his story. It seems he was home alone one evening working on his book when he got a phone call from the folks living across the lake. Although he doens't know them, he's invited to a party they are having. Once there, he sees the lady of the house is a hottie--but also a philandering woman. As for the husband, he's a whipped man and spends most of the evening playing pool with Mark and telling him his marital problems.

Later in the film, the evil wife, Carol, begins making advances towards Mark. He's clearly turned on by her, but she is bad--and he resists her allure....for a while. Eventually, however, they begin seeing each other and Mark KNOWS it's wrong...but he can't stop. Carol promises he can have her if only her sickly husband was out of the way.

Does this sound familiar? Well, if you love film noir, you probably recognize this as a reworking of the plot from the classic "Double Indemnity". It's not exactly the same...but darn close. While it lacks originality and is clearly derivative, it IS well acted and has a nice mood overall. Worth seeing even if a bit familiar.

By the way, cheers to Miss Brooke. She not only played a great femme fatale, but you'd have thought she was British due to her accent. You'd have never guessed that she was American through and through.

Carol's in love with Carol!Reviewed byhitchcockthelegendVote: 7/10

The House Across the Lake (AKA: Heat Wave) is directed by Ken Hughes and he also adapts the screenplay from his own novel High Wray. It stars Alex Nicol, Hillary Brooke, Sid James, Susan Stephen and Paul Carpenter. Music is by Ivor Slaney and cinematography by Walter J. Harvey.

American novelist Mark Kendrick (Nicol) is living in England and trying to finish his latest novel. When he is invited for drinks at the house across the lake, Mark becomes entangled in the web of a beautiful blonde...

OK! This plot is hardly new and film noir boasts some truly excellent pictures where a man is duped into a downward spiral by a femme fatale vixen. In that respect, this Hammer Film Production can't compete, either in production value or quality of narrative, yet this is still worthy of inspection by the film noir faithful.

Nicol's (looking like a poor man's Sterling Hayden) Mark Kendrick and Brooke's Carol Forrest are classic noir characters, he tells us his weakness is women, his constant narration sombre and hapless, she's an icy cold bitch of considerable sting. And with Sid James moping around forlornly as the rich husband who is ill of health and broken of heart, the characterisations are vibrant and performed to a good standard to draw us into the play.

The air is ripe with pungent pessimism, we know from the off that Mark is in trouble, and sure enough the tale contains treachery, death and moral murkiness. Unfortunately the visuals don't quite match the mood of plotting. The lakeside shots are well done, and Kendrick's cottage with the venetian blinds briefly offer up some promise of noirish disharmony, but mostly the picture is filmed in standard black and white and a trick is missed to elevate the piece to better heights.

Visual missed chances aside, this is a good low budget Brit noir that gets in and does the job well. 7/10

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