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A House Is Not a Home (1964)

Based on Polly Adler's best-selling autobiography about her life in the Roaring Twenties as a legendary Madam. The movie follows Polly's life from an immigrant worker to becoming friend and... See full summary »

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Russell Rouse

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Russell Rouse (screenplay), Clarence Greene (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shelley Winters ... Polly Adler
Robert Taylor ... Frank Costigan
Cesar Romero ... Lucky Luciano
Ralph Taeger ... Casey Booth
Kaye Ballard ... Sidonia
Broderick Crawford ... Harrigan
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Police Sergeant Riordan
Lisa Seagram ... Madge
Meri Welles ... Lorraine
Jesse White ... Rafferty
Connie Gilchrist ... Hattie Miller
Constance Dane Constance Dane ... Laura
Allyson Ames Allyson Ames ... Gwen
Lewis Charles ... Angelo
Steve Peck Steve Peck ... Vince
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Storyline

Based on Polly Adler's best-selling autobiography about her life in the Roaring Twenties as a legendary Madam. The movie follows Polly's life from an immigrant worker to becoming friend and confidante of underworld bigwigs, social leaders, businessmen, politicians, writers and artists. Written by alfiehitchie

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Playboys on the Town!...Mobsters on the Run!...Babes on the Make!... See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1964 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa de Madame See more »

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Production Co:

Embassy Pictures See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Raquel Welch's film debut. See more »

Goofs

Although the film takes place between the 1910s and the 1930s, all of the costumes are hairstyles are contemporary to 1964. See more »

Quotes

Casey Booth: I can't tell you how many times I started to come back to New York. I just couldn't forget you. Polly, I can't fight it forever. Tonight I sat and waited for you to come in nervous as a school kid on his first date, not knowing what you'd say when you saw me. Polly, that night that I acted like such a heel you must have known it was because I loved you.
Polly Adler: I loved you too, Casey.
Casey Booth: I still hate what you stand for. I still despise what you're doing. But I'm still in love with you and there is nothing...
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Connections

Referenced in Bandstand: Episode dated 13 August 1966 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

A House Is Not a Home
Sung by Brook Benton
By Hal David and Burt Bacharach
Ms. Benton's Arrangement by Alan Lorber
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Call her madam
19 September 2015 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Shelley Winters plays Polly Adler, real-life New York City cathouse proprietress in the 1930s who fell inadvertently into the sex-for-sale business after seeking help from a big-time bootlegger following a rape and an eviction. Although adapted from Adler's (ghostwritten) autobiography, this entertainingly tawdry movie plays more like an adult version of TV's "Playhouse 90" rather than a salacious expose. Dotted with 'shocking' words ("I'm a WHORE!"), and saddled with a bland production design so generic it's often difficult to get a reading on the characters, it isn't any wonder the only aspect of the film to survive the years is its title tune, written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach. Winters is fine in the latter portion of the plot (and does well with a teary telephone scene in the final reel), but she's hopeless when depicting the more demure Polly in her early years. Raquel Welch makes one of her first movie appearances as one of Polly's girls (she's usually found hovering on the edges of group shots), while Cesar Romero plays gangster "Lucky" Luciano as if he were running for office. ** from ****


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