The House on Carroll Street

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Yes, there are commies under the bed. But are there Nazis there too? Emily Crane Kelly McGillis is a modestly successful Life photo editor living in 1950s New York, until she is called before the Senate Un-American Activities Committee to testify about her "communist" associations. When she refuses to divulge the names of friends in her civil liberties group, she loses her employment and her friends. In desperation, she takes a job reading books for Miss Venable, a somewhat crotchety lady Jessica Tandy who lives ...
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Yes, there are commies under the bed. But are there Nazis there too? Emily Crane Kelly McGillis is a modestly successful Life photo editor living in 1950s New York, until she is called before the Senate Un-American Activities Committee to testify about her "communist" associations. When she refuses to divulge the names of friends in her civil liberties group, she loses her employment and her friends. In desperation, she takes a job reading books for Miss Venable, a somewhat crotchety lady Jessica Tandy who lives in a quiet residential neighborhood. Then, while taking a break in Miss Venable's back yard, Emily overhears something from the house behind that compels her to investigate and leads her eventually to conclude that it is the headquarters of a group smuggling in ex-Nazi scientists for some mysterious purpose. Meanwhile, she is being harassed by two FBI men, on behalf of the Senate Committee, as well as by a sinister, McCarthyite, Senate investigator named Salwen Mandy Patinkin. One of the FBI men, Cochran Jeff Daniels, takes a liking to Emily and humors her by agreeing to investigate her suspicions. This quiet mystery is a nostalgia piece. It's '50s backgrounds are authentic and the plot device -- an innocent becoming entangled in an unbelievable conspiracy -- is closer to one of Hitchcock's masterpieces of that period e.g., North by Northwest than to Reservoir Dogs or Speed. The people seem to be from a simpler time, too, when the distinction between good and evil was clearer. Emily shines with idealistic integrity and the naive Cochran is so honest that he finds it impossible to deceive the target of his investigation. There is even a terrifying, "acrophobe's nightmare" scene played out in a dome high above Grand Central Station. For those tired of endless shoot-em-ups and car chases, this is the mystery to choose.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616858306
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kelly McGillis Emily Crane
Jeff Daniels Cochran
Mandy Patinkin Ray Salwen
Christopher Rhode Stefan
Jessica Tandy Miss Venable
Jonathan Hogan Alan
Trey Wilson Lieutenant Sloan
J.J. Barry Barber
Rabbi Morris S. Friedman Rabbi
Melba LaRose Receptionist
Marat Yusim Bistrong
Remak Ramsay Senator Byington
Kenneth Welsh Hackett
Charles McCaughan Salwen Aide
Randle Mell Salwen Aide
Michael Flanagan Senator
Paul Sparer Randolph Slote
Brian Davies Warren
Mary Diveny Maid
Bill Moor Dr. Teperson
Patricia Falkenhain Woman In The House
Frederick Rolf FBI Director
Anna Berger Funeral Woman
Cliff Cudney McKay
Alexis Yulin Sackadorf
William Duff-Griffin FBI Librarian
George Ede Conductor
John Carpenter Gateman
Jamey Sheridan Porter
Boris Leskin Horwitz
James Rebhorn Official
Howard Sherman Boris
John Randolph Jones Agent Simpson
David Hart Stage Manager
Maeve McGuire Mrs. Byington
Suzanne Slade Senator Byington's Daughter
Todd de Freitas Senator Byington's Son
Gregory Jbara Office Boy
James Tew Sam
Polly O'Malley Manicurist
Maureen Moore Manicurist
Alice Drummond Woman at Hearing
Tony Carreiro Xanthias
Robert Stanton Dionysus
Daniel Mills Bartender
James Babchak Salwen Aide in Senate Hearing
Stephen Gleason Man at Theater Bar
Christopher Cusack Theater-goer
Elizabeth A. Reilly Theater-goer
Skip Rose Sloan's Partner
Frank Patton Sergeant
Gaylord C. Mason Theater Manager
John-Kenneth Hoffman Walter
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Peter Yates Director, Producer
Michael Ballhaus Cinematographer
Ken Bates Stunts
Robert Benton Executive Producer
Walter Bernstein Screenwriter
Robert F. Colesberry Producer
Richard Dean Makeup
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Arlene Donovan Executive Producer
Howard Feuer Casting
Steven W. Graham Production Designer
A. Hammerstein Songwriter
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Tod A. Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Nellie Nugiel Associate Producer
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
Rita Ryack Costumes/Costume Designer
David Weinman Set Decoration/Design
D. Wilkinson Songwriter
Stuart Wurtzel Art Director
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