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The House I Live In (1945)

Frank Sinatra teaches a group of young boys a lesson in religious tolerance.

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy (uncredited)

Writer:

Albert Maltz
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Frank Sinatra ... Himself
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Storyline

A young Frank Sinatra is in the studio with a full orchestra. He records a take of "If You Are But a Dream," then breaks for a smoke. From the studio, he steps into an alley where he sees nearly a dozen kids chasing one smaller boy. Frank stops them, asks why, and they tell him it's because of the boy's religion. So Frank asks them if they're Nazis and explains a few things about America, blood banks, World War II, and teamwork. Then he sings "The House I Live In" for them. Off the lads scamper, and the kid Frank's saved gives him a look of gratitude. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Short | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Approved
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Éste es mi hogar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frank Ross Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lewis Allen, lyricist for the title song, is the pseudonym of Abel Meeropol (1903-1986), best known for the anti-lynching poem and later song 'Strange Fruit'. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sinatra raconté par le FBI (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

America the Beautiful
(uncredited)
Music by Samuel A. Ward
Performed by studio orchestra
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A Plea For Tolerance
16 March 2002 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

An RKO Short Subject.

A group of rowdy little bullies are given a lesson in tolerance by crooner Frank Sinatra, who compares America to THE HOUSE I LIVE IN.

This little film delivers a pertinent message about the evils of prejudice & bias. Sinatra is an absolute natural in front of the camera; intense & sincere, he is the perfect spokesperson for the values espoused here.

Sinatra sings ‘The House I Live In,' by Lewis Allan & Earl Robinson. This fine tune, with a solid, pro-American message, is being given something of a comeback since the horrendous events of September 11, 2001.

After Pearl Harbor, Hollywood went to war totally against the Axis. Not only did many of the stars join up or do home front service, but the output of the Studios was largely turned to the war effort. The newsreels, of course, brought the latest war news into the neighborhood theater every week. The features showcased battle stories or war related themes. Even the short subjects & cartoons were used as a quick means of spreading Allied propaganda, the boosting of morale or information dissemination. Together, Uncle Sam, the American People & Hollywood proved to be an unbeatable combination.


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