The House Across the Bay

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The House Across the Bay
Directed by Archie Mayo
Charles Kerr (assistant)
Produced by Walter Wanger
Written by Myles Connolly
Kathryn Scola
Starring George Raft
Joan Bennett
Lloyd Nolan
Walter Pidgeon
Music by Werner Janssen
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • March 1, 1940 (1940-03-01)
Running time
88 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $713,965[1]
Box office $684,374[1]

The House Across the Bay is a 1940 film directed by Archie Mayo, starring George Raft and Joan Bennett, produced by Walter Wanger, written by Myles Connolly and Kathryn Scola, and released by United Artists. The picture involves a singer (Bennett) who waits for an imprisoned gangster (Raft) to be released from Alcatraz. The supporting cast features Lloyd Nolan and Walter Pidgeon. Some scenes of Pidgeon and Bennett in an airplane were filmed by Alfred Hitchcock as a favor to Wanger, who directed Foreign Correspondent for Wanger the same year.



The film recorded a loss of $101,334.[1] It caused tension between Raft and Warner Bros, to whom he was under long term contract, because in this United Artists film, Raft played a gangster who loses in the end - the sort of role he had refused to play for Warner Bros.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p440
  2. ^ Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 91

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