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Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay)
Jerome Weidman (novel)
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Release Date:
1 July 1949 (USA) See more »
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A powerhouse of emotion.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Edward G. Robinson ... Gino Monetti

Susan Hayward ... Irene Bennett

Richard Conte ... Max Monetti

Luther Adler ... Joe Monetti

Paul Valentine ... Pietro Monetti

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Tony Monetti

Debra Paget ... Maria Domenico

Hope Emerson ... Helena Domenico
Esther Minciotti ... Theresa Monetti

Diana Douglas ... Elaine Monetti
Tito Vuolo ... Lucca
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Construction Worker (uncredited)
Maxine Ardell ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Larry Arnold ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Al Bain ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Martin Begley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ray Beltram ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Eumenio Blanco ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Townsman in Bank (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Applicant (uncredited)
John Butler ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Referee (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Neil Carter ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dolores Castle ... Secretary (uncredited)
Bob Castro ... Preliminary Fighter (uncredited)
Steve Cavalieri ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Russ Cheever ... Off-Screen Alto Saxaphonist (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Ray Dawe ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Geza De Rosner ... Guard (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Attorney (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Sam Finn ... Man Outside Office (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Guard (uncredited)

Tommy Garland ... Pietro's Opponent (uncredited)
Lelia Goldoni ... Italian Girl (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Man Outside Office (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Man in Crowd (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Stuart Hall ... Restuarant Guest (uncredited)
Donna Hamilton ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Juror (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Judge (uncredited)
Fred Hillebrand ... Detective (uncredited)
Marjorie Holliday ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Humphries ... Man on Street (uncredited)
William Janssen ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Man in Saloon Booth (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Danny (uncredited)
Kay Koury ... Citizen (uncredited)
John Kullers ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Donna La Tour ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Scott Landers ... Detective (uncredited)
Walter Lawrence ... Vendor (uncredited)
Carl M. Leviness ... Juror (uncredited)
Jimmy Little ... Cop (uncredited)
Michael Macey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Cop (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Rena Marlin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Joe Mazzuca ... Batboy (uncredited)
Charles McClelland ... Cop (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Silvio Minciotti ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Howard M. Mitchell ... Guard (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Architect (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Man Outside Office (uncredited)
Ann Morrison ... Juror (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Gilda Oliva ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Emma Palmese ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dolores Parker ... Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
John Pedrini ... Cop (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Cornerman (uncredited)

Joe Ploski ... Man on Street (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Joe Rubino ... Vendor (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Announcer (uncredited)
Eddie Saenz ... Preliminary Fighter (uncredited)
Maurice Samuels ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bernard Sell ... Fight Spectator (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Petra Silva ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Bank Examiner (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Doorman (uncredited)

Robert St. Angelo ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Michael Stark ... Cop (uncredited)
Theresa Testa ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Guy Thomajan ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Guard (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Vicki Vann ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Man Next to Gino at Fight (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)
Rhoda Williams ... Woman (uncredited)
David Wolfe ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay)

Jerome Weidman (novel)

Joseph L. Mankiewicz  writer of retakes (uncredited)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Harmon Jones 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Irene Brooks .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Stephanie Garland .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Dick Smith .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sid Bowen .... production manager (uncredited)
R.L. Hough .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eckhardt .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Sol Gorss .... fight double: Paul Valentine (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
J.V. Brown .... gaffer (uncredited)
Logan Brown .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jerry Milligan .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Earle Hagen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mushy Callahan .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Weslie Jones .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Fred Lambert .... double (uncredited)
Tito Vuolo .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
"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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Helena Domenico:I'll have you know my husband died happy.
Gino Monetti:Your husband was happy to die, which is a different thing.
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Soundtrack:
Was That the Human Thing to Do?See more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Superb, 16 August 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

An Italian-American family is the subject of "House of Strangers," a 1949 film starring Edward G. Robinson, Richard Conte, Susan Hayward, Luther Adler, Debra Paget, Hope Emerson, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. Being of Italian extraction myself, I actually thought this film was written by an Italian and was surprised to see it wasn't. It was dead on.

Edward G. Robinson is Gino Monetti, who owns a bank in the '30s. He runs it like he's selling items out of his garage, with lousy bookkeeping, some people being charged interest up front on loans and some getting more money than they asked for. He has four sons, three of whom he treats like second-class citizens: Pietro is a guard at the bank by day and an amateur boxer by night, Joe is a teller, and Tony is a clerk. When Joe, who married a woman from a good Philadelphia family, asks for a raise he was promised, he gets a lecture from Gino about how the family lived in the back of a barber shop when Gino made $15 a week. When Pietro loses a boxing match, Gino takes the jacket off of his shoulders that says "Monetti Bank." Gino runs his home with more rigidity than he does his bank: His wife doesn't say much, and he has mandatory Wednesday night spaghetti dinners during which he plays opera recordings such as "Il Barbiere di Siviglia" starring Lawrence Tibbett.

Gino has a favored child, and that's Max, his lawyer son. When the Feds start investigating Gino, Max comes up with a solution. If all the brothers will take responsibility for the sloppiness at the bank, the Feds won't be able to pin anything on anybody. But the sons refuse to lift a finger to help their father, ultimately forcing him out and starting their own bank. Max goes to prison for attempting to bribe a juror, and when he gets out, he's bent on revenge against his brothers.

The acting is this film is nothing short of fantastic. Robinson is perfect as the dictatorial, ruthless Gino. Conte is totally believable as the favorite son - efficient and slightly to the right of slimy. Luther Adler gives a brilliant performance as the henpecked Tony. The rest of the cast is uniformly excellent. Susan Hayward plays Max's love interest, a woman who gives as good as she gets. She looks sensational and does a terrific job in her role. Stardom is right around the corner for her, and it's no surprise.

With a great pace kept by Joseph Mankiewicz, this is a film that I'm surprised we don't hear more about. It just goes to show that there were so many great films made in Hollywood in the past that even some marvelous ones are overlooked. "House of Strangers" is definitely one to see and remember.

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