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House of Strangers (Fox Film Noir)

Edward G. Robinson , Susan Hayward , Joseph L. Mankiewicz    Unrated   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Edward G. Robinson's ill-gotten gains embroil his entire family in scandal and murder. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) Subtitles: English, Spanish Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only) Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Number of discs: 1 Rated: NR (Not Rated) Studio: 20th Century Fox DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006 Run Time: 101 minutes

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American dream a nightmare for an Italian family July 11 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Success, money, revenge, and jury-tampering:it's not the Corleone family or the Mafia-it's a first-generation Italian-American family of bankers, headed by Edward G. Robinson. This is aninteresting and ironic tale of the American Dream,and what that dream's fulfillment does to a familyin New York's Little Italy.Watch this for another side to the story shown in the Godfather-if Vito Corleone had been a successful banker, and also had 4 sons completely different from each other.Richard Conte stars as the favorite brother, is gorgeous, and has a very modern romance with his feminine equal, rich party girl Susan Hayward. If you loved the GODFATHER, you will love this movie.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
It's hard to believe that the Joe Mankiewicz of All About Eve and Letter to Three Wives served up this platter of overcooked pasta. The story is like bad Arthur Miller (or just Arthur Miller). Doing a stage Eye-talian (he sounds worse than Chico Marx), Robinson overplays as a mustachioed patriarch who founds a bank for immigrants; when it gets into trouble, his four sons fall upon one another's throats. What elements of noir creep into the plot (along with Susan Hayward) are neutralized by the ethnic stereotyping. Robinson plays ear-splitting opera and his family eats nothing but spaghetti. It's irksome that this "serious" drama -- of no visual interest whatsoever -- made it to video when more unusual and better realized movies (Caged, Desert Fury, 99 River Street) have not.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unto the Next Generation April 20 2003
Format:VHS Tape
HOUSE OF STRANGERS is a cautionary film about the dangers of hatred being passed onto the next generation almost as if hatred were an old and unwelcome pair of shoes. Edward G.Robinson is Gino Moretti, a self-made banking magnate who built his fortune as a ruthless moneylender who chose not to observe the usual niceities about observing normal banking regulations concerning records and collateral. In his over the top performance as an Italian who might have been Vito Coreleone had the Don chosen to go straight, Robinson is a totally self-centered egomaniac who comes off more as a smug Biblical patriarch holding court over his captive family than he does the old-world banker who believes that his money gives him rights that transcend filial obligations. It is hard to like him as he rips into his four sons, insulting each of them in ways that undercut whatever sense of independence and goodness that otherwise might have been there. It is only Max (Richard Conte), who can see,if only belatedly, the vision of his father. And even Max learns that he must purge himself of the bitter dregs of poison and animosity that afflict his brothers. Max cannot do this alone; he requires the understanding first of Maria (Debra Paget) then later Helen (Susan Hayward), both of whom act as leavening agents that continually remind him of the goodness that each is sure lies within. Gino Moretti is truly a vicious inverted father figure in whose futile bleatings to his ungrateful sons,"Who do you think I built this bank for?" generates no pity in them but rather a sense of loss in us that he probably heard the same empty words from his father. The difference between the utter tragedy that this film was just a hairsbreath away from and the modest sense of optimism that it does end with is probably no more than what may, in similar real-life situations, have emerged. What goes around truly comes around, and HOUSE OF STRANGERS continually reminds us of the truism of that cliche.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classic June 12 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had not seen this movie for a very long time---had tried to find it for years. Good story and acting by all. Edward G. Robinson is especially good. Dianne
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