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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 (7) | Top Critics (1)

A hardboiled tale of warfare within an Italian banking family, it is absorbing and powerful.

July 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Strangers is not a true reflection of Italian Americans. It insults Italians in much the same way that [Lost Boundaries] insults the Negro people.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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

July 16, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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

December 12, 2004 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for House of Strangers


This is a drama about an Italian-American family centered on the complex dynamics within the family, especially the relationships between the ambitious, domineering father and the sons. Sound familiar? I'd never heard of this film, buying it because it's a Fox Film Noir, but surprisingly enjoyed it immensely. Why this film's banker Monetti family even earns the scorn of the government, which seeks to crush it as in Godfather II. This conflict between love and revenge will satisfy any Godfather fan. The story and acting are powerful, and while Edward G. Robinson's performance didn't receive the acclaim of Brando's, he did win Best Actor at Cannes for the performance. Richard Conte shines equally as favored-son Max, loyal to his father and sworn to revenge against his brothers, and Susan Hayward eclipses Diane Keaton as the son's love interest who just wants to get away. For those interested in Richard Conte's career or just movie trivia, he appears as Don Barzini, rival to Don Corleone in "The Godfather." Also, he must have been in the Rat Pack or at least been a friend of Sinatra's because he appears not only in this quintessential "Ocean's 11," but also in the Chairman of the Board's "Tony Rome" and "Lady in Cement." Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz's films are uniformly excellent, with House of Strangers no exception. If you're a fan of either the Godfather saga or any Martin Scorsese/Robert Deniro films such as Goodfellas, check this one out.

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