House of Strangers (1949)

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After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective.


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Complete credited cast:
Max Monetti
Joe Monetti
Paul Valentine ...
Pietro Monetti
Tony Monetti
Maria Domenico
Hope Emerson ...
Helena Domenico
Esther Minciotti ...
Theresa Monetti
Elaine Monetti
Tito Vuolo ...


In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe, Tony and Pietro Monetti and promises revenge to them. Then he visits his lover Irene Bennett that asks him to forget the past and start a new life. Max recalls the early 30s, when he is the favorite son of his father Gino Monetti, who has a bank in the East Side. Gino is a tyrannical and egocentric self-made man that raises his family in an environment of hatred and Max is a competent lawyer engaged with Maria Domenico. When Max meets the confident Irene, he has a troubled love affair with her. In 1933, with the new Banking Act reaches Gino for misapplication of funds. Max plots a plan to help his father but is betrayed by his brothers. Now Max will see his brothers that have also being raised under the motto "Never Forgive, Never Forget". Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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1 July 1949 (USA)  »

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East Side Story  »

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The first of three movies written by screenwriter Philip Yordan, based on the novel, "I'll Never Go Home Again," by Jerome Weidman. The other two were Broken Lance (1954), with Spencer Tracy (for which Yordan won an Oscar for Best Story), and The Big Show (1961) with Esther Williams and Cliff Robertson. See more »


At 2:00, Max approaches the front door of the Monetti Trust and Loan building. A young woman wearing a beret and a vertically-striped jacket steps out of the door, makes a right turn (from Max's perspective), and continues to walk until she disappears into the right side of the frame. 15 seconds later, the same woman is seen walking in front of the same building--again from Max's left to to his right--as if she had never been inside. See more »


Max Monetti: Always looking for a new way to get hurt from a new man. Get smart, there hasn't been a new man since Adam.
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Version of The Big Show (1961) See more »


Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
Music by Sam H. Stept
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Performed by Dolores Parker at the restaurant
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A great family at war drama
10 July 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Italian immigrant Gino Monetti (Edward G. Robinson) rises from the gutter to own his own bank, he employs three of his four sons Joe, Pietro and Tony in the bank,his fourth son Max (Richard Conte) is a lawyer. Max and Gino have a mutual respect for each other but his other sons don't believe they get enough respect from their father, so when an investigation into the bank finds Gino in breach of nearly all banking rules, they are happy to let him take the fall,in order to fulfill their own greed Max though is not and decides to take the fall to save his father. While Max is in prison Gino dies but leaves word that he wants Max to seek revenge when he is released. On his release Max duly sets out a plan to keep his word to his father. Marvelous Noir, following a family's greedy self destruction, Robinson is excellent as the Patriarch of the family, even if his accent is a little like an iceA creamA seller. Conte of course gives his usual intense performance as the tough but hard done by Max. Highly Recommended.

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