House of Strangers
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The commentary complains that Susan Hayward's character doesn't fit the femme fatale prototype for noir and thus she has too much screen time. However, as commentary on other Fox noirs has pointed out, the supportive "good girl" love interest is as much a part of the noir tradition as the wise-cracking torch singer; and clearly Hayward's role was (expertly) expanded to augment her star development, much as was done somewhat earlier for Lauren Bacall in THE BIG SLEEP.
Hayward's savvy dialogue imbues her character with the sassy edge one expects of a noir femme fatale, suggesting that she's a capable match for the protagonist in the boudoir. But the commentary misreads the scene where her lover (Conte) reacquaints himself with the sexual atmosphere of her apartment after a seven-year absence. This is not a tense, foreboding mood (especially in contrast to the menacing gloom when he enters his parents' "dark old house" in the sequence that follows this one), as he pockets her lipstick kiss on a discarded tissue and then nonchalantly slips out of his clothes to take a shower.Read more ›
Seven years after he went to prison for attempting to bribe a juror, Max Monetti (Richard Conte) returns to New York with vengeance on his mind, directed at his brother Joe (Luther Adler), whom Max believes gave the police the tip that put him away. His old flame Irene Bennett (Susan Hayward), a sharp-tongued uptown girl, wants Max to abandon thoughts of vengeance and start a new life with her. As Max listens to his deceased father's opera records, we travel back in time to when family patriarch Gino Monetti (Edward G. Robinson), a poor barber-turned-rich-banker, held his immigrant clients and his 4 sons under his sway.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Edward G Robinson Susan Heyward and Edward G Robinson iinteract brilliantly in this movie. I didn't think Edward G Robinson would be able to pull off the role of Gino Monetti the... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mark and Kathy
Stay focused. Remember family, but watch out. This is a great film, and a good way to learn how some people "deal" with family members.Published 3 months ago by launell
I saw the first last 40 minutes of this movie one Saturday and knew I had to have it. The dialogue is great, the chemistry between the actors is fantastic!Published 4 months ago by J. R. Jones
This is good film noir and I think it's overlooked often, but as usual, Edward G. Robinson is wonderful and the rest of the cast is just great.
A really good movie!