Across The Lake
author with writers block takes
a bungalow in the English Lake District
in search of a peaceful location in which
to finish his novel; but he becomes
inextricably and fatefully involved with
the beautiful, devious wife of his wealthy
neighbour in the British noir thriller
The House Across The Lake...
WHILE RENTING A BUNGALOW on Lake Windermere where he plans to complete the
first few chapters of his latest book in solitude, novelist Mark Kendrick (Alex
Nicol) becomes intrigued by High Wray, the large house across the lake.
The owners, wealthy Beverley Forrest (a pre-Carry On Sid James demonstrating
his craft in a serious acting role) and his beautiful blonde wife Carol (American
screen siren Hillary Brooke: The Woman In Green) hold parties most nights
for their many friends, disturbing the tranquillity of the lakeside.
One night former model Carol telephones Mark to see if he would be able to help
some stranded guests, Frank (Hugh Dempster) and his latest girlfriend, by bringing
them across the lake in his launch.
there Mark, who is desperately short of money and needs to keep both his agent
Harry Stevens (Peter Illing) and his publishers happy, spends the night playing
billards with Beverley, forging a close friendship.
Across The Lake
is a creditable
with a sympathetic
Beverley tells Mark that Carol collects artists like some people collect butterflies
and that she is currently seeing the pianist, Vincent Gordon (Paul Carpenter).
There is clearly no love lost between Carol and Andrea (Susan Stephen), Beverley's
daughter from his first marriage, but Mark despite his avowed
intention to keep away from "bad blondes" cannot resist Carol's
flirting and falls dangerously under her spell as she draws him in to her wicked
scheming with dire consequences.
Having initially been shocked by Carol's outrageous behaviour in front of her
husband, Mark is even more upset when he finds out that Beverley has a serious
heart condition. However, he is to discover too late how calculating and manipulative
Carol can be and just how far she is prepared to go in order to get what she
Billed with the heading "her blood runs hot, but her heart is cold", The
House Across The Lake is a creditable and atmospheric film noir with a sympathetic
cast and masterful tension. Hillary Brooke is a consummate femme fatale, in
this early feature by Emmy-winning writer-director Ken Hughes; and one of a
series of now highly regarded B-movies jointly financed by Hammer Films and
American Producer Robert L Lippert.
The House Across The Lake (also known as Heat Wave) also features:
Alan Wheatley as Inspector MacLennan; Gordon McLeod as Doctor Emery; Joan Hickson
as Mrs Hardcastle; and John Sharp as Mr Hardcastle.
Music Composed and Conducted by Ivor Slaney; Director of Photography is Walter
Harvey, BSC; Screenplay is by Ken Hughes, based on his novel High Wray; Produced
by Anthony Hinds; and Directed by Ken Hughes.
The House Across The Lake is released in the UK on DVD, presented in
a brand-new digital transfer, as part of The British Film Collection from Network
Releasing on 18 August 2014. Screen Ratio 1.33:1 B&W | Catalogue Number: 7954166
| RRP: £9.99. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer | Image Gallery
| Instant Play Facility.
"The House Across The Lake is a creditable and atmospheric film noir
with a sympathetic cast and masterful tension"