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Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay)
Jerome Weidman (novel)
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Release Date:
1 July 1949 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
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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(6 articles)
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Every once in a while a great film comes along, and is somehow forgotten over a period of time...but is still well worth watching! See more (42 total) »

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)
Mike 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 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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Max Monetti:Pa, have you read the new banking act?
Gino Monetti:I don't even read the old one. Why?
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Movie Connections:
Version of Broken Lance (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
La donna è mobileSee more »

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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Every once in a while a great film comes along, and is somehow forgotten over a period of time...but is still well worth watching!, 31 May 2004
Author: William Giesin from United States

This film appears in John Springer's movie book "Forgotten Films to Remember" by Citadel Press, and certainly lives up to it's name! It is a dark movie about the dysfunctional Monetti family. The late great Edward G. Robinson portrays Gino Monetti, the controlling patriarch banker father that rules his family with an iron fist. Richard Conte gives a sterling performance as the well meaning faithful son, Max Monetti. He takes a prison rap for embezzlement for his aging father. While he is in prison he helplessly learns that his brothers Joe (Luther Adler), Tony (Edward Zimbalist Jr., and Pietro (Paul Valentine plan to take over the family banking business. As a result of this his father dies. Max returns home from prison focused on revenge. Fortunately, Max's girlfriend (Susan Hayward)convinces him that the revenge he seeks is not worth it. Realizing that his father Gino was the real source of hatred and evil in the family, he decides to peacefully leave town with his girlfriend, but is soon confronted by his evil brothers.

Amazingly this 1949 film was re-made in 1954 as a Western of all things! The title of the re-make was "Broken Lance". Same story different setting. Spencer Tracy (Controlling Rancher Father) plays the Robinson (Controlling Banker father) part, Robert Wagner plays the Conte part (Faithful son), Richard Widmark plays the Adler part (Ambitious older brother), Hugh O'Brien plays the Zimbalist part, and Earl Holliman plays the Valentine part (strong arm brother). Both films share a powerful script and good performances. Worth seeing!

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