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Genre  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Language  English
7.5/10 IMDb

Director  Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Music director  Daniele Amfitheatrof
Country  United States
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Release date  June 30, 1949 (1949-06-30) (Los Angeles)
Based on  Ill Never Go Home Any More 1941 novel  by Jerome Weidman
Writer  Philip Yordan (screenplay), Jerome Weidman (novel)
Film series  20th Century Fox Film Noir
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)
Similar movies  The Godfather, Outrage, Down Terrace, The Brothers Rico, New York Confidential, Wisegal

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House of Strangers is a 1949 American film noir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, and Richard Conte. It is the first of three film versions of Jerome Weidman's novel I'll Never Go There Any More, each scripted by Phillip Yordan. The other versions were the Spencer Tracy western Broken Lance (1954) and The Big Show (1961).


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Gino Monetti is a rags-to-riches Italian-American banker in New York whose methods result in a number of criminal charges. Three of his four grown sons, unhappy at their father's dismissive treatment of them, refuse to help Gino when he is put on trial for questionable business practices. Eldest son Joe seizes control of the bank and brothers Tony and Pietro side with him. Max, a lawyer, is the only son who stays loyal to his father.

The brothers conspire to send Max to jail as well. Max tries to bribe a juror to save his father, but gets disbarred and serves a stretch of seven years in prison. Max must leave behind Maria, the girl he had been expected to marry, and Irene, a client he fell in love with after becoming her attorney.

Max vows revenge on his brothers, but when he is released Max has a change of heart when he realizes that his father had caused all the tension within the family. The three brothers, however, are still worried about his quest for vengeance, and Joe even goes so far as to order Pietro to kill Max. In doing so, however, Joe insults Pietro in the same way their father always had, prompting Pietro to turn on Joe instead.

Max saves Joe from Pietro's wrath by reminding Pietro that if he kills Joe, he would only be doing exactly as their father would have wanted. Max then leaves his brothers to rejoin Irene and travel to San Francisco, where they plan to start a new life together.


  • 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
  • Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. as Tony
  • Debra Paget as Maria Domenico
  • Hope Emerson as Helena Domenico
  • Esther Minciotti as Theresa Monetti, wife of Gino Monetti
  • Critical response

    Film critic Dennis Schwartz liked the film, writing, "Joseph L. Mankiewicz stylishly helms the dark screenplay by Philip Yordan of Jerome Weidman's novel I'll Never Go There Any More ... It's a bitter psychological family drama that focuses on hatred as the family's driving force instead of love. Max is the ambivalent hero, the only one in the film who is a true film noir character, who is punished for being loyal to his father yet is someone who has rejected the ways of the old-country and its traditionalism for the ethics of the New World. Superb performances by Conte, Robinson, and Adler lift the ordinary dramatics into loftier territory."


    The film was entered into the 1949 Cannes Film Festival and Edward G. Robinson won the prize for Best Actor.


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