IMDb > The House on 92nd Street (1945)
The House on 92nd Street
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The House on 92nd Street (1945) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 5 | slideshow)


User Rating:
6.8/10   2,052 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 11% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Barré Lyndon (screenplay) &
Charles G. Booth (screenplay) ...
View company contact information for The House on 92nd Street on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
10 September 1945 (USA) See more »
The F.B.I.'s own tense, terrific story behind the protection of the ATOMIC BOMB! See more »
Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win See more »
(2 articles)
Thieves’ Highway
 (From Trailers from Hell. 2 November 2015, 5:08 PM, PST)

Fox Celebrates its Centennial with 100 Digital Releases
 (From Comicmix. 3 October 2015, 11:46 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Some gripping scenes, some documentary footage, and an up and down patchwork See more (54 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Eythe ... Bill Dietrich

Lloyd Nolan ... Agent George A. Briggs

Signe Hasso ... Elsa Gebhardt

Gene Lockhart ... Charles Ogden Roper

Leo G. Carroll ... Col. Hammersohn
Lydia St. Clair ... Johanna Schmidt
William Post Jr. ... Walker (as William Post)

Harry Bellaver ... Max Cobura
Bruno Wick ... Adolf Lange
Harro Meller ... Conrad Arnulf
Charles Wagenheim ... Gustav Hausmann
Alfred Linder ... Adolf Klein
Renee Carson ... Luise Vajda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Adams ... Customs Officer (uncredited)
Frieda Altman ... Saboteur (uncredited)
William Beach ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Carl Benson ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Hamilton Benz ... Saboteur (uncredited)
George Brandt ... German Man (uncredited)
Sheila Bromley ... Beauty Parlor Customer (uncredited)
Elmer Brown ... Scientist (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... Intern (uncredited)
Benjamin Burroughs ... Brigg's Aide (uncredited)
Jack Cherry ... Scientist (uncredited)
Henry Cordy ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Mita Cordy ... Saboteur (uncredited)
James J. Coyle ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Robert Culler ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Salo Douday ... Von Wirt (uncredited)
Harold Dyrenforth ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Lew Eckles ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bruce Fernald ... FBI Agent (uncredited)

Paul Ford ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Vincent Gardenia ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Ellsworth Glath ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)

Reed Hadley ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Hans Hansen ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Fred Hillebrand ... Policeman (uncredited)
J. Edgar Hoover ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Anna Marie Hornemann ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Edwin Jerome ... Major General (uncredited)
Kenneth Konopka ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Frank Kreig ... Travel Agent (uncredited)
Rusty Lane ... Admiral (uncredited)
Bernard Lenrow ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Danny Leone ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)

E.G. Marshall ... Attendant at Morgue (uncredited)
John McKee ... Dr. Arthur C. Appleton (uncredited)
Edward Michaels ... Germany Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Scott Moore ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Freda Kassel (uncredited)
Delmar Nuetzman ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Antonio J. Pires ... Watchmaker (uncredited)
Frank Richards ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Douglas Rutherford ... Colonel (uncredited)
Harrison Scott ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
George Shelton ... Frank Jackson (uncredited)
Sara Strengell ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Eugene Stuckmann ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Victor Sutherland ... Toll Guard (uncredited)
Stanley Tackney ... Instructor (uncredited)
Yoshita Tagawa ... Japanese Man (uncredited)
Jay Wesley ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Marriott Wilson ... German Spy Trainee (uncredited)
Gertrude Wottitz ... Saboteur (uncredited)
John Zak ... Saboteur (uncredited)
Alfred Zeisler ... Col. Felix Strassen (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Hathaway 
Writing credits
Barré Lyndon (screenplay) (as Barre Lyndon) &
Charles G. Booth (screenplay) and
John Monks Jr. (screenplay)

Charles G. Booth (story)

Produced by
Louis De Rochemont .... producer (as Louis de Rochemont)
Original Music by
David Buttolph 
Cinematography by
Norbert Brodine (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harmon Jones 
Casting by
William Maybery (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Lewis H. Creber  (as Lewis Creber)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Bonnie Cashin (costumes)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gene Bryant .... unit manager (uncredited)
Raymond A. Klune .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Graham .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph E. Rickards .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
William Sittel .... associate set decorator (as William Sittel Jr.)
Sound Department
W.D. Flick .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
W. Kirkpatrick .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Chet Peck .... recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward O. Bagley .... still photographer (uncredited)
Bud Brooks .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Leo McCreary .... grip (uncredited)
Jack McEvoy .... gaffer (uncredited)
Johnny Phipps .... location assistant camera (uncredited)
George Stoetzel .... second camera (uncredited)
Larry Williams .... location camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
David Preston .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lyman Hallowell .... apprentice editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Emil Newman .... musical director
Charles Althouse .... music mixer (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... music director (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Gertrude Kingston .... research assistant (uncredited)
Hugh Lester .... publicist (uncredited)
Frances C. Richardson .... research director (uncredited)
Stanley Scheuer .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
88 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPPDA rating: certificate #10939) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

The "House on 92nd Street" used in the film was actually located on 93rd Street. The building is still standing.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956)See more »
You Say the Sweetest Things (Baby)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Some gripping scenes, some documentary footage, and an up and down patchwork, 18 March 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

The House on 92nd Street (1945)

Henry Hathaway has directed some great film noirs (Kiss of Death is indisputably great), but he also didn't mind the dull assignment here and there, as in the competent Call Northside 777 and this one, both revealing American crime detection in action. Yes, this is actually well made, but it has a documentary feel that leaves it in a straitjacket as good crime drama. It's strong stuff, and filled with significance, real Nazi activities on U.S. soil leading to the a-bomb. But you'll see, as soon as the familiar narrator starts to explain the events, that it's a formulaic approach.

To some extent, you can't really watch this without noticing it feels, from the next century (2010 as I write) like propaganda. Not that it isn't honest, it just is filled with uncritical pride. The FBI in particular comes across as flawless and brilliant, and I'm sure it often was, but not quite without complications, nuances, and personal quirks that make the best fiction films take off. This one was made just as World War II was over in Europe, and there was nothing but patriotism in the air, naturally.

I actually like Leo G. Carroll a lot, and he holds up his scenes well, and Swedish actress Signe Hasso is a surprise, strong and sharp (wait until she takes her wig off and transforms in ten seconds). Much of the movie, especially after the first half hour with all its narration and actual documentary footage, has the feel of any well constructed drama and those are the parts, for me, to hook into. Besides, there is a quality here that's really pretty fun--a glimpse into the attitude of 1945 America that isn't the usual brazen, lonely, taut film noir response. Fiction makes for better movie-going, in this case, but here is a watchable quasi-documentary that holds up pretty well, off and on, if you keep expectations in check.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (54 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The House on 92nd Street (1945)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
The memorized plans NewtonFigg
Satellite dishes in 1945? Phil_DePayne
Ridiculous ending Dire_Straits
Hottie Alanlinel
Location of the 'House' nycmale99
Dead Nazi guy in the ambulance opened his eyes!! bettiegia
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The Interpreter Crossfire Munich Bon voyage The Departed
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.