Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »
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
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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 »
The Germans felt that Dietrich was an extremely valuable man... so did the FBI.
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Opening credits are shown as someone flipping through the pages of a file. See more »
I first saw "The House ..." when I was a middle school student, and became an enthusiastic fan of it. I believe this film is the first and best semi-documentary masterpiece ever made. The film's density is high and there are no superfluous scenes. Reed Hadley's narration is strong, persuasive and impressive. The sound quality is also exceptional: motif march music, actual sounds of inside of the FBI and the city, actors voice etc. Black and White cinematography of actual locations is sharp and beautiful. Lloyd Nolan's dependable performance as FBI inspector George A. Briggs, Lydia St. Clair and Alfred Linder's thankless roles, very beautiful Signe Hasso as Elsa Gebhardt ...etc. Gebhardt are all unforgettable. i recommend this masterpiece to all suspense film fans to see. Three years later Lloyd Nolan plays the same role of Briggs in "The Street with No Name", and its motif march music is also same.
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