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House On 92nd Street

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Filmed in semi-documentary fashion, House on 92nd Street is a "now it can be told" drama about the smashing of a Nazi spy ring operating the U.S. Thanks to covert surveillance, the FBI learns of the presence of several suspicious persons in NYC. William Eythe is a German-American college student approached by the spies to become a secret Nazi operative. Eythe instead heads directly to FBI chief Lloyd Nolan and offers his services as a double agent. His mission is to locate the head of the spy ring, an unseen ...
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Overview

Filmed in semi-documentary fashion, House on 92nd Street is a "now it can be told" drama about the smashing of a Nazi spy ring operating the U.S. Thanks to covert surveillance, the FBI learns of the presence of several suspicious persons in NYC. William Eythe is a German-American college student approached by the spies to become a secret Nazi operative. Eythe instead heads directly to FBI chief Lloyd Nolan and offers his services as a double agent. His mission is to locate the head of the spy ring, an unseen figure known only as Mr. Christopher, and to that end Eythe infiltrates the ring, headquarted in a town house on 92nd street. Among the conspirators are an erudite German colonel Leo G. Carroll and the beautiful female owner of the house Signe Hasso. Part of the plot involves the smuggling to Germany of America's atomic secrets by a weak-willed document clerk played by Gene Lockhart, one of the best "cringers" in the business. Dwelling a bit too long on the meticulous research techniques of the FBI, House on 92nd Street picks up momentum in the final sequence, wherein "Mr. Christopher" is revealed and double agent Eythe barely escapes with his skin intact.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Made with the blessing of the FBI and produced by March of Time newsreel creator Louis de Rochemont, The House on 92nd Street (1945) became the first major semi-documentary crime thriller. Working from a World War II case of domestic espionage involving the atomic bomb, director Henry Hathaway combined newsreel footage of suspected German spies with scenes shot on location in New York and Washington D.C., to depict the FBI's infiltration of a Nazi spy ring housed in the New York building of the title. With a cast composed mostly of character and stage actors rather than glamorous movie stars, Hathaway enhanced the documentary atmosphere with objective, explanatory narration and title cards that explain the story's factual origins and note the presence of FBI staff as extras. Despite the documentary emphasis, the tightly paced action, eccentric spies, and sharp, film noir, black-and-white photography wrap the facts in entertainingly restrained yet stylish suspense. A critical and box office hit, The House on 92nd Street won a screenplay Oscar and inspired a series of late 1940s semi-documentary crime movies, including Hathaway's own 13 Rue Madeleine (1946) and Kiss of Death (1947) and Elia Kazan's Boomerang! (1947).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/1995
  • UPC: 086162867033
  • Original Release: 1945
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Eythe Bill Dietrich
Lloyd Nolan Inspector George A. Briggs
Signe Hasso Elsa Gebhardt
Gene Lockhart Charles Ogden Roper
Leo G. Carroll Col. Hammersohn
Lydia St. Clair Johanna Schmidt
William Post Jr. Walker
Harry Bellaver Max Coburg
Bruno Wick Adolphe Lange
Harro Meller Conrad Arnulf
Charles Wagenheim Gus Huzmann
Alfred Linder Adolph Klaen
Renee Carson Luise Vadja
Rusty Lane Admiral
John R. McKee Dr. Arthur C. Appleton
Edwin Jerome Major General
Paul Ford Sergeant
William Adams Customs Officer
William Adams Customs Officer
Tom Brown Intern
Sheila Bromley Customer
Edgar Dearing Cop
J. Edgar Hoover
E.G. Marshall Attendant at Morgue
Douglas Rutherford Colonel
Frieda Altman
Alfred Zeisler Col. Strassen
Reed Hadley Voice Only
Scott Moore Saboteur
Victor Sutherland Toll Guard
Vincent Gardenia Trainee
Frank Kreig Travel Agent
Frank Richards Trainee
Technical Credits
Henry Hathaway Director
Charles G. Booth Original Story, Screenwriter
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
David Buttolph Score Composer
Bonnie Cashin Costumes/Costume Designer
Lewis H. Creber Art Director
Louis de Rochemont Producer
Harmon Jones Editor
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Barré Lyndon Screenwriter
Meyer Mishkin Casting
John Monks Jr. Screenwriter
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Sersen Special Effects
William Sittel Set Decoration/Design
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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