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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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Charles Ogden Roper
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Col. Hammersohn
Lydia St. Clair ...
Johanna Schmidt
William Post Jr. ...
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Harry Bellaver ...
Max Cobura
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Adolf Lange
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Conrad Arnulf
Charles Wagenheim ...
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The film is loosely based on the FBI's 1941 case of the Duquesne Spy Ring headed by the German agent Fritz Duquesne, the largest espionage case in the history of the United States and the work of real life double agent William G. Sebold. Duquense was the inspiration for the part of Col. Hammershon played by Leo G. Carroll and Sebold the inspiration for Bill Dietrich played by William Eythe. See more »

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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 »

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Bill Dietrich: How do I get in touch with Christopher?
Col. Hammersohn: Why?
Bill Dietrich: Well, he's my boss. I've never even met him.
Col. Hammersohn: Well, he's my boss too,
Bill Dietrich: Yeah?
Col. Hammersohn: I haven't met him either.
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Breaking the code
8 June 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This semi documentary film, shows the FBI at work in those early days of the European conflict. Henry Hathaway, the director, focus on the work behind the scenes of a group of German spies, operating in New York and how the FBI is able to infiltrate the group.

The film, as seen today, still holds the viewer's attention, although the technology is obsolete by today standards. We are given a suspenseful story about the group that established the base of operations in the house on 92nd Street and Madison Avenue in the Manhattan of the 40s. The crisp black and white cinematography by Norbert Brodine still looks pristine and sharp.

The cast headed by Lloyd Nolan as Briggs, do a good job under Mr. Hathaway's direction. Best of all is Signe Hasso as Elsa Gebhart, the designing woman with a lot of secrets. Leo G. Carroll is also seen as one of the spies. Gene Lockhart also has a minor role.

It was fun to watch uncredited New York based actors in the background such as E.G. Marshall, Vincent Gardenia, Paul Ford, among others making small contributions to the film.


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