The House on 92nd Street

The House on 92nd Street

Henry Hathaway (1945)

84min
U Certificate
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Produced by Louis de Rochemont - co-founder/producer of the influential American newsreel The March of Time - this semi-documentary espionage thriller started a trend in postwar Hollywood for true-life crime dramas notable for their realism, "voice of doom" narration and understated use of authentic locations. Readily taking to the documentary style, director Henry Hathaway sets a cracking pace, as double agent William Eythe keeps federal agent Lloyd Nolan informed about the activities of a Nazi spy ring operated from New York by icy blonde Signe Hasso and the mysterious Mr Christopher. The self-congratulatory tone aside, it's enthralling stuff.

Summary

A German-American student in New York is approached by members of a Nazi spy ring looking to recruit him. At the same time, he offers his services to the FBI as a double agent, and is sent on a mission to locate and infiltrate the ring. Having tracked the spies down to a house on 92nd Street, he goes on to discover a Nazi plan to steal the secrets of America's atomic research. Spy thriller, with William Eythe, Leo G Carroll, Lloyd Nolan and Gene Lockhart.

Cast & Crew

Bill Dietrich William Eythe
Inspector George A Briggs Lloyd Nolan
Elsa Gebhardt Signe Hasso
Charles Ogden Roper Gene Lockhart
Colonel Hammersohn Leo G Carroll
Johanna Schmidt Lydia St Clair
Walker William Post Jr
Max Coburg Harry Bellaver
Adolphe Lange Bruno Wick
Conrad Arnulf Harro Meller
Gus Huzmann Charles Wagenheim
Adolph Klaen Alfred Linder
Narrator John Stuart Martin
Director Henry Hathaway
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd Available on: Available on DVD

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