Despite a rather weak title, House of Strangers is a strong picture. Edward G. Robinson plays a New York eastside Italian banker who switches from barbering to money-lending when he discovers the high interest obtainable. Yarn [from Jerome Weidman's novel I'll Never Go There Again] deals with the hate of three of his sons for their father's unyielding nature and slave-driving tactics. The fourth son (Richard Conte), an attorney with headquarters at the bank, sticks by his father.
Edward G. Robinson
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Despite a rather weak title, House of Strangers is a strong picture. Edward G. Robinson plays a New York eastside Italian banker who switches from barbering to money-lending when he discovers the high interest obtainable. Yarn [from Jerome Weidman’s novel I’ll Never Go There Again] deals with the hate of three of his sons for their father’s unyielding nature and slave-driving tactics. The fourth son (Richard Conte), an attorney with headquarters at the bank, sticks by his father.
Care has been used to faithfully show the homelife of a typical Old World Italian family (in the US), while contrasting it with the younger generation.
Robinson is especially vivid when he realizes that the three sons have turned against him and when he seeks revenge through his fourth son. Conte is excellent, and Susan Hayward chips in with one of her standout performances as a society beaut.
House of Strangers
20th Century-Fox. Dir Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Producer Sol C. Siegel; Screenplay Philip Yordan; Camera Milton Krasner; Editor Harmon Jones; Music Daniele Amfitheatrof Art Dir Lyle Wheeler, George W. Davis
(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 104 MIN.
Edward G. Robinson
Efrem Zimbalist Jr
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