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The House on 92nd Street (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 16 October 1945 (France)
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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Max Cobura
Bruno Wick ...
Adolf Lange
Harro Meller ...
Conrad Arnulf
Charles Wagenheim ...
Gustav Hausmann
Alfred Linder ...
Adolf Klein
Renee Carson ...
Luise Vajda
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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 F.B.I.'s own tense, terrific story behind the protection of the ATOMIC BOMB! See more »


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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the early surveillance footage of the German Embassy and the perpetrators being lead into various buildings at the film's conclusion are real footage of Nazi agents. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

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

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You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby)
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Music by Harry Warren
Played as background music at the talent agent's office
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Still chilling espionage thriller with gritty documentary approach...
26 February 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Highly popular during the mid-'40s was this thriller that resembles other spy dramas produced by Fox during this era--most notably, films like 13 RUE MADELEINE or BOOMERANG! which also used a documentary style. The location footage in New York City is fascinating as a time capsule and the story gets strong support from the excellent B&W photography.

Standout in the cast is Signe Hasso in a plum role as a woman running a dress shop as a front for espionage activities. She shows toughness and determination all the way through and is completely convincing in the female lead. William Eythe does a nice job as the agent sent by the FBI to expose the spy ring. In fact, all of the performances are first rate and the suspense is maintained until the surprise climax.

Well worth watching as an example of tight, suspenseful and gritty film noir in a style typical of the hard bitten dramas of the '40s.


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