House Of Strangers

Synopsis: In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe, Tony and Pietro Monetti and promises revenge to them. Then he visits his lover Irene Bennett that asks him to forget the past and start a new life. Max recalls the early 30s, when he is the favorite son of his father Gino Monetti, who has a bank in the East Side. Gino is a tyrannical and egocentric self-made man that raises his family in an environment of hatred and Max is a competent lawyer engaged with Maria Domenico. When Max meets the confident Irene, he has a troubled love affair with her. In 1933, with the new Banking Act reaches Gino for misapplication of funds. Max plots a plan to help his father but is betrayed by his brothers. Now Max will see his brothers that have also being raised under the motto "Never Forgive, Never Forget".
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  1 win & 1 nomination.
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101 min

- I had to see them before anything.

- And?

Don't be like that, Max,

especially not tonight.

How'd you expect me to be, full of jokes?

Happy Max? Laughing boy?

It's over. Seven years passed

and gone. Forget them.

"Vengeance is a rare wine,

a joy divine," says the Arab.

I'm gonna get drunk on it.

Where did you pick that up,

some philosopher in the death house?

Then you've come back a fool.

Check. I was once the smartest of them all.

What did it get me?

Us. You and me

and everything we've waited for.

Max, let's get out of New York tonight.

Let's go to San Francisco.

You can start again,

whatever you want.

What I want

is right here in New York.

Just what goes on in that

fine Italian brain of yours?

Murder? Is that what you've planned

for seven years, a vendetta?

- That's how I killed time.

- What about me?

I was in a jail for seven years.

I was in a bigger jail than yours.

I was in a jail the size of the world.

You'll have to wait

a little longer.

I've done my last night's waiting.

- Let me have the porter, please.

- What's that for?

I'm getting two tickets

on a plane to San Francisco.

- You'll have one empty seat.

- It's now or never.

You mustn't threaten an Italian.

It doesn't mix well in our blood.

Am I part of your vendetta?

Am I on your list?

Isn't it enough to destroy your brothers

and yourself? Why me?

Why did you come back

to me at all?

And for what?

A dead man, an evil man, a bad man.

You're filled with this poison.

It breathes in you.

The world's better off

with your father dead, but you're not.

Good boy.

That's what Gino Monetti likes.

Hit the truth because it hurts.

Hate, Max, hate.

Don't ever love.

Listen to your dead father.

It's 10 minutes to 9:00, Pa.

We've gotta get to the bank.

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Philip Yordan

Philip Yordan (April 1, 1914 – March 24, 2003) was an American screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. more…

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