A House Is Not a Home (film)
|A House Is Not a Home|
|Directed by||Russell Rouse|
|Written by||Steve Jankowski|
|Produced by||Clarence Greene|
|Cinematography||Harold E. Stine|
|Edited by||Chester W. Schaeffer|
|Music by||Joseph Weiss|
|Distributed by||Embassy Pictures Corporation|
A House Is Not a Home is a 1964 drama film loosely based on the 1953 autobiography by madam Polly Adler. The film stars Shelley Winters, Robert Taylor, Cesar Romero, and Kaye Ballard. Raquel Welch made her film debut in a small role as a call girl. The song written for the film by Burt Bacharach and Hal David has become a standard.
Polly Adler is a poor Polish immigrant who works in a sweatshop. She loses her job after she is sexually assaulted by her boss, for which her housemates blame her. She then is forced to move out.
Her next apartment is in a building owned by Frank Costigan, a gangster. Frank approves of Polly's attractive girlfriends and pays her to have the ladies go out socially with his friends.
One thing leads to another, and soon Polly is the madam of a bordello. She has genuine feelings for musician Casey Booth, but does not reveal her true occupation to him.
Costigan becomes the top enforcer for mob boss Lucky Luciano and backs Polly's business, which ends up on Park Avenue offering high-class call girls. Casey proposes marriage, so Polly finally confesses what she does for a living. He is willing to overlook it, but Polly feels it is for the best if they part.
|Shelley Winters||Polly Adler|
|Robert Taylor||Frank Costigan|
|Cesar Romero||Lucky Luciano|
|Ralph Taeger||Casey Booth|
|Mickey Shaughnessy||Police Sgt. Riordan|
|Connie Gilchrist||Hattie Miller|
|Roger C. Carmel||Dixie Keeler|
|J. Pat O'Malley||Muldoon|
|Sandra Grant||Call Girl|
|Raquel Welch||Call Girl|
|Francine Pyne||Red-Call Girl|
|Edy Williams||Call Girl|
Edith Head was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White.
- 1964 films
- 1964 drama films
- American independent films
- American black-and-white films
- Drama films based on actual events
- Films directed by Russell Rouse
- Films set in New York City
- Films set in the 1920s
- Films about prostitution in the United States
- American drama films
- Embassy Pictures films
- 1960s English-language films
- 1960s American films
- Independent drama film stubs