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The House I Live In (1945)

 -  Short | Drama | Music  -  9 November 1945 (USA)
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Frank Sinatra teaches a group of young boys a lesson in religious tolerance.

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A young Frank Sinatra is in the studio with a full orchestra. He records a take of "If You Are But a Dream," then breaks for a smoke. From the studio, he steps into an alley where he sees nearly a dozen kids chasing one smaller boy. Frank stops them, asks why, and they tell him it's because of the boy's religion. So Frank asks them if they're Nazis and explains a few things about America, blood banks, World War II, and teamwork. Then he sings "The House I Live In" for them. Off the lads scamper, and the kid Frank's saved gives him a look of gratitude. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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9 November 1945 (USA)  »

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Featured in Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2002) See more »

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The House I Live In
Music by Earl Robinson
Words by Lewis Allan
Performed by Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
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Sincere approach but strictly a product of its time...
3 May 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

FRANK SINATRA interrupts the beating of a Jewish boy in an alley outside a stage door to lecture the kids on tolerance with a message of anti-bigotry. That's the thrust of this eleven minute short on the subject of racial tolerance at a time when WWII was ending and the world was discovering the truth about Nazi concentration camps.

Sinatra gives a heartfelt, easy-going performance that was an indication of the actor he would become and sings "The House I Live In" with professional ease and charm. The film was a promotional piece that won several awards for its socially significant contribution at a time when Hollywood was confronting the war effort with everything it could muster.

It's a sincere effort at promoting religious or racial tolerance, and Sinatra should be commended for getting the message across with sympathetic treatment, although the preachy overtones may be a bit too much for some.


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