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"This wonderful country is made up of a hundred different kinds of people and a hundred different ways of talking and a hundred different ways of going to church. But they’re all American ways."

The House I Live In is a 1945 short film directed by an uncredited Mervyn LeRoy and starring Frank Sinatra.

Sinatra, playing himself, is recording a song in a studio. Frank steps out into the alley to take a cigarette break, only to find a gang of kids chasing one kid, apparently to give him a beating. When Frank asks what the boy had done, the other kids say they don't like him because of his religion—he's Jewish. Frank tells the kids that they are acting like Nazis. When one kid says his dad was wounded fighting the Nazis, Frank points out that the Jewish kid's parents donated blood. Then Frank tells the story of a Presbyterian pilot and Jewish bombardier who dropped a bomb on a Japanese submarine. Then Frank sings the song "The House I Live In", an ode to America as a land of racial and ethnic tolerance.


  • An Aesop: Bigotry and discrimination are, quite literally, un-American.
  • As Himself: Frank Sinatra as Frank Sinatra.
  • Gang of Bullies: Ten Gentile kids are about to start attacking a Jewish boy when Frank Sinatra delivers a message about tolerance.
  • Stock Footage: Used to illustrate Frank's story about the plane that bombed the Japanese battleship.
  • Titled After the Song: "The House I Live In" was originally written for the 1943 musical Let Freedom Sing. It would remain part of Sinatra's repertoire for decades.