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A House Is Not a Home (1964)

Based on Polly Adler's best-selling autobiography about her life in the Roaring Twenties as a legendary Madam. The movie follows Polly's life from an immigrant worker to becoming friend and... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Polly Adler
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Frank Costigan
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Casey Booth
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Sidonia
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Harrigan
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Police Sergeant Riordan
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Madge
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Lorraine
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Rafferty
Connie Gilchrist ...
Hattie Miller
Constance Dane ...
Allyson Ames ...
Gwen
Lewis Charles ...
Angelo
Steve Peck ...
Vince
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Based on Polly Adler's best-selling autobiography about her life in the Roaring Twenties as a legendary Madam. The movie follows Polly's life from an immigrant worker to becoming friend and confidante of underworld bigwigs, social leaders, businessmen, politicians, writers and artists. Written by alfiehitchie

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November 1964 (Austria)  »

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La casa de Madame  »

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Raquel Welch's film debut. See more »

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Although the film takes place between the 1910s and the 1930s, all of the costumes are hairstyles are contemporary to 1964. See more »

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A House Is Not a Home
Sung by Brook Benton
By Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Ms. Benton's Arrangement by Alan Lorber
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Trashy, misogynistic Grade B filming of "Madam" Polly Adler's memoirs

This is a pretty bad film. The acting and direction are non-existent. Robert Taylor seems terminally depressed that he has to appear in such drivel. Cameos by Broderick Crawford and Caesar Romero are forgettable. Shelley Winters would seem perfect casting for this saga of a NY "Madam" in the twenties and thirties and she does try to breathe life into it but all around her is SOOOO BADDDD, she soon succumbs. Edith Head earned one of her 35 Oscar noms for the Costume Design, but though the film is set in the 1920s, there is no attempt to recreate period costumes. What the ladies wear looks awfully 1964. Go figure. The design taken on its own terms is varied and attractive so I won't quibble. The performance by Meri Wells as Lorraine is excruciatingly bad. About all one has to console oneself with is Winters doing her damndest to take it all seriously and hunk Ralph Taeger (who appeared in only half a dozen films). The film is terribly misogynistic, treats the women as helpless victims of man's lust and the men are all creeps. Don't go out of your way to see this one.


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