The house I live in

The House I Live In was a ten-minute short film written by Albert Maltz, produced by Frank Ross and Mervyn LeRoy, and starring Frank Sinatra. Made to oppose anti-Semitism and racial prejudice at the end of World War II, it received an Honorary Academy Award and a special Golden Globe award in 1946.

Under his pen name, Lewis Allan, Abel Meeropol co-wrote, with Earl Robinson, the song  The House I Live In. Meeropol did not want to idealise America, but to show its potential. Unfortunately in the film short, the song was censored and the lyrics “The house I live in, my neighbors white and black…” were excised, enraging Meeropol.

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