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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
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Gwen
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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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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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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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A House is not a film
26 September 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite its source, A House Is Not a Home, based on the life of notorious madam Polly Adler, is devoid of insight, conflict or character. Russell Rouse who directed the camp classic The Oscar is defeated by the script and low budget. The film lacks pace and atmosphere and plays like a TV drama limited to a few sets with hardly any exterior shots. Polly's girls and their clients are the usual assortment of junkies, cops, politicians and gangsters. The film's theme song by Burt Bacharach and Hal David remains a standard while the film itself is strictly sub standard. It's Raquel Welch's film debut, but she, like Edy Williams, is most visible in the stills that accompany the titles. The unsinkable Winters appeared in a variety of films during the 60s including Lolita, Alfie, A Patch of Blue, Wild in the Streets, The Mad Room, The Balcony and The Chapman Report, and though she is unconvincing as young Polly, she gives this lackluster film some energy.


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