- The House on 92nd Street
Infobox Film | name =The House on 92nd Street
caption ="The House on 92nd Street" DVD cover
Louis De Rochemont
Charles G. Booth(story) Barré Lyndon Jack Moffitt John Monks Jr.
William Eythe Lloyd Nolan
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
September 10, 1945 (U.S. release)
runtime = 88 min
language = English
imdb_id = 0037795
"The House on 92nd Street" is a
1945 black-and-whitefilm in the film noirgenre. The movie (unlike its follow up, " The Street with No Name") was shot mainly in New York City. The film was directed by Henry Hathawayand won screenwriter Charles G. Boothan Academy Awardfor the best original motion picture story. The film's scenes with FBIagents in Washington were played by actual agents. Released shortly after the end of World War II, "The House on 92nd Street" was made by Twentieth Century Foxwith the full cooperation of the FBI. J. Edgar Hooverappears during the introduction. The film's semidocumentarystyle inspired other films including " The Naked City".
The movie is a drama about the destruction of a Nazi spy ring operating in the US. Lloyd Nolan would reprise his role as Inspector Briggs in the sequel, "
The Street with No Name" ( 1948). In that film, Briggs and the FBI agents would take on organized crime.
The film is also a thinly disguised version of the FBI's real-life "
Duquesne Spy Ring" saga of 1941, the largest convicted espionage case in the history of the United States. On January 2, 1942, 33 Nazi spies, including the ring leader Fritz Joubert Duquesne(also known as "The man who killed Kitchener"), were sentenced to serve a total of over 300 years in prison. One German spymaster later commented that the ring’s roundup delivered ‘the death blow’ to their espionage efforts in the United States. J. Edgar Hoovercalled his concerted FBI swoop on Duquesne's ring the greatest spy roundup in U.S. history.cite journal| author =| date=June 24, 1956| year=1956| month=June | title=Obituary. Fritz Joubert Duquesne | journal= Time| volume=| issue=| issn=0040-781X]
In 1945, a "
New York Times" review written by Thomas M. Prior notes "The House on Ninety-second Street barely skims the surface of our counterespionage operations, but it reveals sufficient of the FBI's modus operandi to be intriguing on that score alone." [http://movies2.nytimes.com/mem/movies/review.html?title1=&title2=THE%20HOUSE%20ON%20NINETY-SECOND%20STREET%20%28MOVIE%29&reviewer=Thomas%20M.%20Pryor&v_id=95791&partner=Rotten%20Tomatoes&oref=login]
Although praised when released in 1945, the film when released on DVD in 2005 received mostly mixed reviews. Christopher Null, writing for Filmcritic.com, writes, "today it comes across as a bit goody-goody, pandering to the FBI, pedantic, and not noirish at all." [http://www.filmcritic.com/misc/emporium.nsf/ddb5490109a79f598625623d0015f1e4/ced0c3b5150edffe882570720077e319?OpenDocument]
*Won 1946 Oscar (Original Motion Picture Story) — Charles G. Booth
*Nominated for 1945
Edgar Awardfrom the Mystery Writers of Americafor Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Charles G. Booth, Barre Lyndon, John Monks, Jr.
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