The House on 92nd Street

The House on 92nd Street

DVD - 2005
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When a young German American is solicited as a Nazi spy during WWII, he accepts the job after agreeing to go undercover for the FBI. Once he learns that his mission is to send atomic bomb secrets to the German government, the FBI chief works relentlessly to prevent this while not giving his agent's identity away.

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akirakato
Sep 27, 2016

This is a 1945 American spy thriller directed by Henry Hathaway.
It was made with the full cooperation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and its head, J. Edgar Hoover, who appears during the introduction.
Some real FBI agents in Washington also play in the film.
Although it appears as a propaganda film for FBI, this movie almost impresses you as a real spy thriller with a documentary touch.

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LibraryUser53
Sep 22, 2014

Pretty good. Definitely held my interest for the entire 87 minutes. One of the first post-WWII "documentary" films, fictionalized for continuity and dramatic effect. Based on true stories about
US-based German spies attempting to discover the details of America's atomic bomb research. A little unrealistic, biased on the pro-USA side; the American characters make few if any errors, in common with most films of the early post-war era. But unlike a lot of those films, this one comes across as a reasonably believable portrayal of events. I guess what I'm saying is that whether it did or not, something like this could have happened. The acting is ok, but not great. And the film as a whole comes off a little amateurish by today's film standards. Even so, those viewers interested in spies, counter-spies, double-agents, spying techniques, secreting of messages, and early atomic-era top-secret science would find this definitely worth a watch. Recommended.

ChampionMDR Sep 17, 2014

The only thing good about this film is seeing the 1940s clothing and car styles. Otherwise, it is so obviously a propaganda film which attempts to be taken seriously.

7duffy Aug 03, 2014

I'm guessing this was one of the first Docu-Noir's to be produced, because it has too many illuminating facts and not enough Noir story telling. I think the balance between documentary and movie was better accomplished in the pseudo-sequel: The Street With No Name, in which Lloyd Nolan reprises his role as FBI Investigator Briggs. This film employs "Voice of God" narration to inform the audience of background information discovered regarding the criminal activities, even before the spies in the story find out what is going on. This might have been ground-breaking, back in the day, but I don't think it works too well now.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Apr 24, 2013

Presented in the then trend-setting semi-documentary format, this rather dry and grim Spy/Thriller from 1945 was based upon apparent fact and staged at actual locations._____ Set in and around NYC, this picture (frequently using voice-over narration) tells the dramatic tale of FBI counter-espionage activities during WW2._____ Clever Nazi agents, operating under-cover in The Big Apple, ruthlessly attempt to pilfer part of the atomic bomb formula known as "Process 97". But, without having to be told, we already know that these amateurs inevitably turn out to be no match for the mighty sharp boys and girls employed by the FBI._____ Filmed in b&w, The House On 92nd Street was directed by Henry Hathaway whose other notable films include - Niagara, Nevada Smith and True Grit.

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Janice21383
Mar 01, 2012

CSI: WWII. I, for one, enjoy a good procedural, and not having to care about everyone's dreary personal lives. In its time, House was a groundbreaking docudrama, but today, the technology looks almost steam punk. The acting ranges from good to amateurish; not surprising, since much of the cast is real-life G-men. EXTRAS: informative but uninterested commentary by Eddie Muller.

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