The House on Carroll Street (1988)

PG  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  4 March 1988 (USA)
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Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Venable
Jonathan Hogan ...
Remak Ramsay ...
Senator Byington
Hackett (as Ken Welsh)
Stefan (as Christopher Rhode)
Charles McCaughan ...
Salwen Aide 1
Salwen Aide 2
Michael Flanagan ...
Paul Sparer ...
Randolph Slote
Mary Diveny ...
Bill Moor ...


Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, the more so since one of those involved is her main senator prosecutor. Starting to look into things, she gradually enlists the help of FBI officer Cochran who was initially detailed to check her out. Just as well when things turn nasty. Written by Jeremy Perkins <>

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Emily Crane overheard a secret. Now she's running for her life.


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Release Date:

4 March 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une femme en péril  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)


$459,824 (USA)

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Film debut of Robert Stanton. See more »


In one scene, Emily overhears The Women in the House character (who is off-screen) speaking to one of the Russians through an interpreter. The Woman is telling the Russian that they will leave for Chicago "tomorrow." The interpreter mistakenly says "tomorrow" in English and then corrects himself mid-word to the correct Russian word "zaftra." See more »


[last lines]
Cochran: Miss Crane? I'd still like to talk to you.
Emily: I have nothing to say.
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Crazy Credits

After the usual "all incidents are fictional" disclaimer, it states "In particular, the producers do not intend to imply that Life Magazine dismissed any of its employees for their political beliefs or activities." See more »


Written by Arthur Hammerstein (as A. HAMMERSTEIN) & Dudley Wilkinson (as D. WILKINSON)
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Kelly McGillis for Miss Girl Scout 1951!
13 July 2006 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

Watching beautiful women sneaking around, playing cops and robbers is one of the most delightful guilty pleasures the medium film lets me enjoy. So The House on Carroll Street was not entirely a waste of time, although the story is contrived and the screenplay uninspired and somewhat irritating.

There are many allusions to different Hitchcock pictures, not least the choice of Kelly McGillis in the starring role. She is dressed up as Grace Kelly, and she is not far off the mark. Not at all. But her character is not convincing. The way she is introduced to the audience, she should be someone with political convictions and a purpose in life. After all the movie deals with a clearly defined time period, true events and a specific issue. But the story degenerates within the first minutes into a sorry run-off-the-mill crime story with unbelievable coincidences, high predictability and a set of two dimensional characters. This is all the more regrettable, as the performances of the actors are good, as are the photography and the set design.

The finale in Central Station, New York is breath taking. It starts in the subterranean section and then moves up to the roof. The movie can be praised for its good use of architecture.

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