A House Is Not a Home

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This drama tells the true story of one of Broadway's most successful madams in the 1920s. It is loosely based on the autobiography of Polly Adler. The story begins when young Polly is seduced and raped at her job by the sweatshop foreman. When her uncle, with whom she lived, learns of the act, he blames her and tosses her out. She then moves into an apartment owned by a racketeer. It is he who encourages her into her "helping" profession when he gives her money for bringing her pals to a gangster party. Soon she is beginning to build up her own clientele. As her business prospers, she begins to choose nicer locations. Her tiny cathouse becomes a haven for sleazy politicos, mobsters, and businessmen. The madame herself has a passionate romance with a young songwriter and she helps his career. He does not know of her vocation and she eventually breaks up with him to keep his reputation intact.


Shelley Winters
as Polly Adler
Robert Taylor
as Frank Costigan
Cesar Romero
as Lucky Luciano
Ralph Taeger
as Casey Booth
Kaye Ballard
as Sidonia
Mickey Shaughnessy
as Sgt. John Riordan
Meri Welles
as Lorraine
Jesse White
as Rafferty
Connie Gilchrist
as Hattie Miller
Michael Forest
as Bernie Watson
Richard Reeves
as Pete Snyder
Roger C. Carmel
as Dixie Keeler
Alice Reinheart
as Sarah Ludwig
A. Ben Astar
as Max Ludwig
Hayden Rorke
as Bill Cameron
Benny Rubin
as Happy Charlie
Alex Gerry
as Doctor
George Casir
as Dr. Saunders
Michael Ross
as Dance Hall Manager
Larry Barton
as Bald-Headed Man
Steve Carruthers
as Ogle-Eyed Man
June Gleason
as Irate Wife
Wynne Brown
as Secretary
Max Power
as 2nd Man
Sandra Scott
as Scarred Girl
Roxanne Arlen
as Hattie's Girl
Wilda Taylor
as Exotic Dancer
Amedee Chabot
as Polly's Girl
Danica D'Hondt
as Polly's Girl
Leona Gage
as Polly's Girl
Sandra P. Grant
as Polly's Girl
Diane Libby
as Polly's Girl
Patricia Manning
as Polly's Girl
Inga Neilsen
as Polly's Girl
Francine Pyne
as Polly's Girl
Astrid De Brea
as Polly's Girl
Patricia Thomas
as Polly's Girl
Raquel Welch
as Polly's Girl
Edy Williams
as Polly's Girl
George Cisar
as Dr. Saunders
Mike Ross
as Manager of Dance Hall
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