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House of Strangers (1949)

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After years in prison, Max promises revenge on his brothers for their betrayal. His lover Irene and memories of his past yield him a broader perspective.

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Philip Yordan (screenplay), Jerome Weidman (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edward G. Robinson ... Gino Monetti
Susan Hayward ... Irene Bennett
Richard Conte ... Max Monetti
Luther Adler ... Joe Monetti
Paul Valentine ... Pietro Monetti
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Tony Monetti
Debra Paget ... Maria Domenico
Hope Emerson ... Helena Domenico
Esther Minciotti Esther Minciotti ... Theresa Monetti
Diana Douglas ... Elaine Monetti
Tito Vuolo ... Lucca
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In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe, Tony and Pietro Monetti and promises revenge to them. Then he visits his lover Irene Bennett that asks him to forget the past and start a new life. Max recalls the early 30s, when he is the favorite son of his father Gino Monetti, who has a bank in the East Side. Gino is a tyrannical and egocentric self-made man that raises his family in an environment of hatred and Max is a competent lawyer engaged with Maria Domenico. When Max meets the confident Irene, he has a troubled love affair with her. In 1933, with the new Banking Act reaches Gino for misapplication of funds. Max plots a plan to help his father but is betrayed by his brothers. Now Max will see his brothers that have also being raised under the motto "Never Forgive, Never Forget". Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian

Release Date:

1 July 1949 (USA) See more »

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East Side Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Ocean Park, California, USA See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 25, 1951 with Edward G. Robinson reprising his film role. See more »

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When Max & Joe are taken to the balcony to be thrown off, and presumably killed, Max later exits house, he only goes down a SINGLE flight to the street level. That would put balcony on the second floor, hardly high enough to ensure someone thrown a distance of about twenty feet would die. See more »

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Helena Domenico: I'll have you know my husband died happy.
Gino Monetti: Your husband was happy to die, which is a different thing.
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Version of The 20th Century-Fox Hour: The Last Patriarch (1956) See more »

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Largo al factotum
From the opera "Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)" (uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini (uncredited)
Lyrics by Cesare Sterbini (uncredited)
Performed by Lawrence Tibbett
Played on the phonograph before dinner at the family house
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Little Caesar Owning a Bank
5 January 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Try and imagine Little Caesar getting out of the rackets and taking his hard stolen loot and setting up a bank. Then Mr. Bandello marries and has four sons.

You've got Gino Monetti who now that he's no longer terrorizing citizens confines his terrors to his own family. He's got four grown sons and he treats them like the hired help. All except Richard Conte who instead of working for him directly at the bank uses the bank's space for his law office.

I think that's the key to this film. The other three sons Luther Adler, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and Paul Valentine all do work for him and he can treat them like dirt. Conte on the other hand, does not work for him, he's made his own career. By Robinson's logic, he's earned a certain amount of respect.

So he pits them against each other. Unfortunately Robinson's banking practices which are not exactly legal catch up with him. He's forced to turn the bank over to the three sons in an effort to save the bank.

Conte also tries to bribe a juror to save dear old Dad and gets disbarred and a stretch of seven years in prison for his troubles. Conte's out now and looking to even things up with his siblings.

Robinson who's played all kinds of immigrants of many nationalities has covered the Italian ground before. But he's real good as the scheming, sadistic patriarch who in fact gets a deserved comeuppance from his sons. All four sons are fine in their roles with Richard Conte and Luther Adler deserving particular attention.

Susan Hayward is the girl who waits for Conte. She must be in love with him. A disbarred attorney isn't exactly a dream prospect. She was just entering into the height of her career and this role was a career boost.

House of Strangers is far superior to the western setting remake that 20th Century Fox did five years later entitled Broken Lance


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