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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
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 25, 1951 with Edward G. Robinson reprising his film role. See more »
In flashbacks dating back to 1932, Irene wears hairstyles and clothing that are not significantly different from the fashionable look she sports during the 1939 framing story, 7 years later, and all of which are strictly in the significantly different mode of 1949, the year the film was made. See more »
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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