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Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay)
Jerome Weidman (novel)
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Release Date:
1 July 1949 (USA) See more »
Plot:
In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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 ... (uncredited)
Martin Begley ... (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Argentina Brunetti ... Applicant (uncredited)
John Butler ... Bartender (uncredited)
Mushy Callahan ... Referee (uncredited)
Neil Carter ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Dolores Castle ... Secretary (uncredited)
Bob Castro ... Preliminary Fighter (uncredited)
Steve Cavalieri ... (uncredited)
Russ Cheever ... Off-Screen Alto Saxaphonist (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Geza De Rosner ... Guard (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Guard (uncredited)

Tommy Garland ... Pietro's Opponent (uncredited)
Lelia Goldoni ... Italian Girl (uncredited)
Donna Hamilton ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Judge (uncredited)
Fred Hillebrand ... Detective (uncredited)
Marjorie Holliday ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
William Janssen ... Chorus Boy (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Man (uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
John Kellogg ... Danny (uncredited)
John Kullers ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Donna La Tour ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
Scott Landers ... Detective (uncredited)
Walter Lawrence ... Vendor (uncredited)
Jimmy Little ... Cop (uncredited)
Mike Macey ... (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Cop (uncredited)
Peter Mamakos ... Bank Guard (uncredited)
Rena Marlin ... (uncredited)
Joe Mazzuca ... Batboy (uncredited)
Charles McClelland ... Cop (uncredited)
Tony Merlo ... (uncredited)
Silvio Minciotti ... (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Guard (uncredited)
Ernesto Molinari ... (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Architect (uncredited)
Ann Morrison ... Juror (uncredited)
Gilda Oliva ... (uncredited)
Emma Palmese ... (uncredited)
Dolores Parker ... Nightclub Singer (uncredited)
John Pedrini ... Cop (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Man on Street (uncredited)
Joe Rubino ... Vendor (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Announcer (uncredited)
Eddie Saenz ... Preliminary Fighter (uncredited)
Maurice Samuels ... Man (uncredited)
Mario Siletti ... Man (uncredited)
Petra Silva ... (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... (uncredited)
Arthur Space ... Bank Examiner (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Doorman (uncredited)
Robert St. Angelo ... (uncredited)
Michael Stark ... Cop (uncredited)
Theresa Testa ... (uncredited)
Guy Thomajan ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Waiter (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Guard (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... (uncredited)
Vicki Vann ... (uncredited)
Herb Vigran ... Man Next to Gino at Fight (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... (uncredited)
Rhoda Williams ... Woman (uncredited)
David Wolfe ... Prosecutor (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Chorus Dancer (uncredited)
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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)
 
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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:
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:
Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm GoneSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Little Caesar Owning a Bank, 5 January 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Try and imagine Little Caesar getting out of the rackets and taking his hard stolen loot and setting up a bank. Then Mr. Bandello marries and has four sons.

You've got Gino Monetti who now that he's no longer terrorizing citizens confines his terrors to his own family. He's got four grown sons and he treats them like the hired help. All except Richard Conte who instead of working for him directly at the bank uses the bank's space for his law office.

I think that's the key to this film. The other three sons Luther Adler, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Paul Valentine all do work for him and he can treat them like dirt. Conte on the other hand, does not work for him, he's made his own career. By Robinson's logic, he's earned a certain amount of respect.

So he pits them against each other. Unfortunately Robinson's banking practices which are not exactly legal catch up with him. He's forced to turn the bank over to the three sons in an effort to save the bank.

Conte also tries to bribe a juror to save dear old Dad and gets disbarred and a stretch of seven years in prison for his troubles. Conte's out now and looking to even things up with his siblings.

Robinson who's played all kinds of immigrants of many nationalities has covered the Italian ground before. But he's real good as the scheming, sadistic patriarch who in fact gets a deserved comeuppance from his sons. All four sons are fine in their roles with Richard Conte and Luther Adler deserving particular attention.

Susan Hayward is the girl who waits for Conte. She must be in love with him. A disbarred attorney isn't exactly a dream prospect. She was just entering into the height of her career and this role was a career boost.

House of Strangers is far superior to the western setting remake that 20th Century Fox did five years later entitled Broken Lance

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