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Philip Yordan (screenplay)
Jerome Weidman (novel)
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Release Date:
1 July 1949 (USA) See more »
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 »
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  (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
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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Additional Details

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101 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Big Show (1961)See more »
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A great 1949 drama, 28 March 2007
Author: AlanSquier from United States

This masterful adaptation of Jerome Weidman's novel stars Edward G. Robinson (arguably his best performance) as an Italian immigrant turned successful and wealthy banker. His hard-nosed attitude alienates three of his sons (portrayed by Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Paul Valentine and the always superb Luther Adler). His fourth son (the film noir regular, Richard Conte) however worships the ground his dad walks on. This doesn't go over so well with his brothers.

Although billed as a film noir, the film is as much a family drama as a thriller - and an extremely good one. Excellent screenplay by Philip Yordan. Robinson won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance.

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