Max Monetti (Richard Conte), a first generation Italian-American, is torn between the dictates of Old World tradition - marriage and working in the family business - and the scintillating adventures of the New World - represented by a sultry client named Irene Bennett (Susan Hayward).
|The brothers have murder on the brain.|
|Max and Irene share a moment|
With an early 20th century New York setting, familial violence and alternate titles such as Bitter Fate (Italy), Hatred Between Brothers (Spain), Blood of My Blood ( Brazil) and House of Hate (Sweden), the film has been compared favorably with the Oscar-winning Godfather (1972) movies. However, House was reproached by the Breen office for its unfavorable portrayal of Italian-Americans. Bosley Crowthers of The New York Times sneers that the film showcases, "[as] nasty a nest of vipers as ever you're likely to see outside of a gangster picture or maybe a jungle film." The film gets poor press even from it’s director, Joseph Mankiewicz, who declares it simply a “bad picture.”
- Visit Laura's blog for a more thorough review of House of Strangers (1949).
- New York Times Review of House of Strangers (1949)
- American Film Institute summary of the film with backstory
- March 1951 Life Magazine interview with director Joseph Mankiewicz, in which House of Strangers is briefly mentioned as "a bad picture".