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  • Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte
  • Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008RX0Y62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,524 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Edward G Robinson won the 1949 Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his powerhouse performance as a domineering Italian father in this gripping drama directed by four times Oscar winner Joseph L. Mankiewicz* Gino Monetti (Edward G Robinson) is a self made man, an Italian immigrant who has dragged himself up from the slums of New York to be president of his own bank. The struggle has made him hard and bitter alienating him from three of his sons. Monetti is still close to his fourth son Max (Richard Conte), a sharp lawyer with an even sharper society girlfriend (Susan Hayward). As Monetti s banking empire begins to crumble, tensions within the family reach boiling point and thoughts turn to revenge and murder... An explosive drama with a distinctly Film Noir appeal, House of Strangers has been digitally restored and remastered for its first ever DVD UK release. LIMITED EDITION. The Silver Screen Collection is a strictly limited and numbered edition of 2000 copies.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alex da Silva on 30 Jun. 2013
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Edward G Robinson (Gino Monetti) is head of a bank and a family of four sons, three of whom work for him, but none of whom are shown any respect by him. The only son he seems to value is Richard Conte who has his own legal practice, albeit with dodgy customers. One of his customers is Susan Hayward (Irene) who gets the love interest role.

Robinson rules as a dictator. although he does have a funny scene where he compares the old world to the new world, and his business practices come under investigation. As a result of this, Conte tries to protect him but doesn't get very far. The majority of the film is told in flashback, on either side of which we follow Conte as he seeks out his mission of revenge to those who encouraged the downfall of his father.

Keep a look out for the best plate of spaghetti ever filmed. Robinson presides over his family every Wednesday evening when they are required to attend a family meal. They take their places around the table, sit in silence and wait for everyone to arrive before they can start to eat while listening to Robinson's opera records at a volume of 3 million decibels. On this particular occasion, they wait for Conte to arrive. It's a strained atmosphere but definitely worth the wait when that pasta shows up.

The film gets you involved in a family drama that throws in an un-anticipated end sequence that pushes the story to another level. It's an entertaining film that emphasizes dialogue and drama more than action. All the cast do well with a special mention to oldest brother Luther Adler (Joe). Not sure why Susan Hayward is billed above Richard Conte, though.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Williams on 31 Jan. 2009
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A truly great film - just missing out on that elusive fifth star. A fantastic cast; Edward G Robinson, Richard Conte, Susan Hayward and legendary US stage actor Luther Adler giving arguably the best performance of the lot. Italian-born banker Gino Moretti(Edward G) has 4 sons, one of whom Max(Conte) is his favourite. Just watch Adler's eyes burn with envy, repressed anger and eventually hatred as the film progresses - a master class! The family splits up into 2 camps - father and favourite son versus the other brothers. It culminates in a tense, violent climax in the 'old house'between Max and his brothers. Beautifully written, shot, performed - Robinson and Hayward were rarely better, Conte and Adler give career-best performances -and scored. Classic Noir. As Max Moretti would say. "A great film.Period."

Remade in the 50's as a Western with Spencer Tracy in the Edward G role.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Sept. 2011
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House of Strangers is directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and adapted to screenplay by Phillip Yordan from Jerome Weidman's novel I'll Never Go There Any More. It stars Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte, Luther Adler, Paul Valentine and Efrem Zimbalist. Plot finds Robinson as Gino Monetti, an Italian American banker who whilst building up the family business has ostracised three of his four sons. When things go belly up for Gino and the bank, the three sons turn against their father, the other, Max (Conte), stays loyal but finds himself set up for a prison stretch. Untimely since he's started to fall in love with tough cookie Irene Bennett (Hayward).

Jerome Weidman's novel has proved to be a popular source for film adaptation, after this 20th Century Fox produced picture came the Western version with Broken Lance in 1954 (Yordan again adapting), and then Circus set for The Big Show in 1961. While its influence can be felt in many other, more notable, crime dramas along the way. The divided clan narrative provides good basis for drama and lets the better actors shine on the screen with such material. Such is the case with House of Strangers, which while hardly shaking the roots of film noir technically, does thematically play out as an engrossing, character rich, melodrama.

Propelled by a revenge core peppered with hate motives instead of love; and dabbling in moral ethics et al, Mankiewicz spins it out in flashback structure. The primary focus is on Max and Gino, with both given excellent portrayals by Conte and Robinson. Gino is a driven man, very dismissive towards three of his boys (Adler standing out as Joe) who he finds easy to find fault with.
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By Robert Hardwick on 30 Mar. 2015
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Great black and white film thanks.
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