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A House Is Not a Home (1964)

 -  Drama  -  November 1964 (Austria)
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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... See full summary »

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Cast

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Polly Adler
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Frank Costigan
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Ralph Taeger ...
Casey Booth
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Sidonia
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Harrigan
Mickey Shaughnessy ...
Police Sergeant Riordan
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Madge
Meri Welles ...
Lorraine
Jesse White ...
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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No One Knew Her Business Better Than Polly Adler!

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November 1964 (Austria)  »

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Although Raquel Welch and Edy Williams both received billing as call girls and appeared in some publicity stills, it is impossible to spot either of them in the finished film. See more »

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House is Not A Home
(title song)
By Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Sung by Brook Benton
Arranged & Conducted by Alan Lorber
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A sad, even poignant look at the world of prostitution.
24 June 2005 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

This is not a great movie, but it is not a bad movie either. It looks more like a movie made in 1944 than one made in 1964. The fact that it is in black and white probably adds to that feeling.

Shelly Winters does a good job with the script she has to work with. It has some cute scenes and some omissible ones Good costumes, and workable scenery. If you are looking for an accurate portrayal of Polly Adler or even a good story based on the book, this movie comes up lacking. But like a lot of not great movies, it is very watchable.

Lots of great actors appear in cameo roles in this movie, making it a good movie to say, "I never knew he/she made a movie like this."

I saw this movie in the theater and it has taken me 40 years to see it again. While I liked it better the first time, it provides a good trip down memory lane and one I am very glad to have in my collection.


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