The House on 92nd Street (1945)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  10 September 1945 (USA)
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Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring.



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Complete credited cast:
Charles Ogden Roper
Col. Hammersohn
Lydia St. Clair ...
Johanna Schmidt
William Post Jr. ...
Walker (as William Post)
Max Cobura
Bruno Wick ...
Adolf Lange
Harro Meller ...
Conrad Arnulf
Charles Wagenheim ...
Gustav Hausmann
Alfred Linder ...
Adolf Klein
Renee Carson ...
Luise Vajda


Preface: a stentorian narrator tells us that the USA was flooded with Nazi spies in 1939-41. One such tries to recruit college grad Bill Dietrich, who becomes a double agent for the FBI. While Bill trains in Hamburg, a street-accident victim proves to have been spying on atom-bomb secrets; conveniently, Dietrich is assigned to the New York spy ring stealing these secrets. Can he track down the mysterious "Christopher" before his ruthless associates unmask and kill him? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

10 September 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Now It Can Be Told  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


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1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Paul Ford. See more »


When the agents are preparing to do the first survey of the house they are wearing CD (Civil Defense) arm bands on their right arms. The next scene shows them approaching the house and the arm bands are now on their left arms. See more »


Agent George A. Briggs: We know all about you, Roper. We've traced you to the day you were born. We even know the approximate day you will die.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown as someone flipping through the pages of a file. See more »


Spin-off The Street with No Name (1948) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music at the talent agent's office
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Fond Memories of the House
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm glad one of my favorite movies The House on 92nd Street has been released on DVD and to read the reactions others have made about it. I first saw this movie when it was first released and I was about 11 years old. It made a great impression on me at the time. Of course it is much older now and so am I. My reaction to the revelation of the identity of Mr. Christopher came as an almost physical shock. I should add that at the time this movie came out the war had just ended and the bomb had been dropped only months before, and the radio made much of the nuclear race between Germany and the United States, so the 'now it can be told' aspect of the movie had a lot more meaning then. Also, we weren't very ambivalent about who the good guys and the bad guys were in the war (that didn't happen until Vietnam). I can see that the technology that seemed so cutting edge then is simplistic and dated by today's standards, but that doesn't hurt the movie if you take it in the context of its time. One comment I'd like to make: when Elsa first saw Dietrich's altered credentials she was rightly suspicious and sent for confirmation by courier from Hamburg. In the meantime he continued to operate for what seemed like months and the war started. How long did to get that confirmation anyway? By the way, I've seen the House and it was on 93rd street.

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