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House of Strangers (1949)




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In this film, Edward G. Robinson plays an Italian-American banker who runs roughshod over his four grown sons. When the ruthless Robinson is arrested for illegal business practices, three of his sons attempt to take over the business. Only son Richard Conte remains loyal to his father.


Edward G. Robinson
as Gino Monetti
Susan Hayward
as Irene Bennett
Richard Conte
as Max Monetti
Luther Adler
as Joe Monetti
Paul Valentine
as Pietro Monetti
Debra Paget
as Maria Domenico
Hope Emerson
as Helena Domenico
Esther Minciotti
as Theresa Monetti
Diana Douglas
as Elaine Monetti
Sid Tomack
as Waiter
David Wolfe
as Prosecutor
Ann Morrison
as Woman juror
Dolores Parker
as Nightclub Singer
Lawrence Tibbett
as Voice on Recording
Scott Landers
as Detective
Fred Hillebrand
as Detective
Donna La Tour
as Chorus Dancer
Maxine Ardell
as Chorus Dancer
Sally Yarnell
as Chorus Dancer
Jeri Jordan
as Chorus Dancer
Marjorie Holliday
as Chorus Dancer
Bob Castro
as Preliminary Fighter
Eddie Saenz
as Preliminary Fighter
Herb Vigran
as Neighbor
John Kullers
as Taxi Driver
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Critic Reviews for House of Strangers

All Critics (5)

...clearly influential (star Conte even went on to play "The Godfather's" Don Barzini)...

Full Review… | July 16, 2011
Reeling Reviews

Superb performances by Conte, Robinson, and Adler lift the ordinary dramatics into loftier territory.

Full Review… | December 12, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Inspirado no mesmo livro que deu origem a A Lança Partida, o filme foi adaptado pelo mesmo Philip Yordan, mas também não funciona.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for House of Strangers

Interesting movie, clearly an inspiration for The Godfather as has already been said. Very cynical movie, also very Italian.

Matt Heiser
Matt Heiser

Italian American Banker/Patriarch(Edward G. Robinson) tries to control his grown sons(Luther Adler, Richard Conte, Efrem Zimbalist Jr,& Paul Valentine) , but they double cross him by taking over his illegal business when he goes to prison for his banking practices.Typical portrayal of Italian American Immigrants and their offspring in the 1940's that includes Ambition, Crime, Morality Struggles,Sibling Rivalry, & Love versus Loyalty to Family.Susan Hayward plays the Love Interest of Tony(Efrem Zimbalist) that makes him want to make it on his own,in New World ,Legal ways.Quite Good

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

First of all, the fact that Fox is billing this as a "film noir" is really a stretch. There are some noir elements, but they're pretty sparse. It's mostly just your average family melodrama. Second problem... mamma mia! Edward G. Robinson plays a ridiculous Italian caricature with a ridiculous Italian accent. He-a talk-a like dis! It's really painful. Third problem: Richard Conte. I like Conte, and he seems to be doing the best he can with the role, but the character is all over the place. You feel like you're supposed to be rooting for him, but he's kind of a dick. Then he just magically has this epiphany at the end. That doesn't cut it with me. I enjoyed the basic plot and the bitter tone, and there were some fine examples of nice framing... otherwise I was disappointed.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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