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The House I Live In (1945)

Approved | | Short, Drama, Music | 9 November 1945 (USA)
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

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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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Short | Drama | Music

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Approved
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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

Featured in Through a Child's Eyes: September 11, 2001 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The House I Live In
Music by Earl Robinson
Words by Lewis Allan
Performed by Frank Sinatra (uncredited)
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inspiring entertainment

"The House I Live In" is a movie which everyone ought to see ... not just for its substantial entertainment value, but for its true depiction of what it means to be an American. (I came to the U.S.A. from elsewhere as an adult, so I know how precious American citizenship is.) After the world changed forever on September 11, 2001, "The House I Live In" is more relevant than ever before.

Frank Sinatra plays himself in this film. He encounters a group of street boys who are bullying another boy because they don't like his religion. Sinatra handles this issue intelligently and logically, offering some ideas that the boys haven't thought about. (For instance: What if one of your relatives got a blood transfusion from someone who has the "wrong" religion?)

To top off his argument, Sinatra sings "The House I Live In", a song which is often incorrectly identified as "What Is America to Me?" This is a good song by any standards - nice tune, pleasant lyrics - but it's also one of the most moving statements of the American identity I've ever encountered. The usual flag-waving tactics of most patriotic film are completely absent here.

Frank Sinatra was a complex man. His flaws were often displayed in public, while his virtues (such as his many philanthropic acts) were usually exercised only in private, without publicity. In "The House I Live In", Sinatra seems to exhibit his sincere belief in America's deepest values. And if it isn't sincere, then Sinatra was a better actor than he ever let on. Whatever else he may have been, Frank Sinatra was a patriotic American.

There are many excellent films, but very few truly great ones. "The House I Live In" is a great film about the greatest nation in the world.


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