The House on 92nd Street

The House on 92nd Street

Infobox Film | name =The House on 92nd Street

caption ="The House on 92nd Street" DVD cover
director = Henry Hathaway
producer = Louis De Rochemont
writer = Charles G. Booth (story)
Barré Lyndon
Jack Moffitt
John Monks Jr.
starring =William Eythe
Lloyd Nolan
music = David Buttolph
cinematography = Norbert Brodine
editing = Harmon Jones
distributor = Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
released = September 10, 1945 (U.S. release)
runtime = 88 min
language = English
budget =
imdb_id = 0037795

"The House on 92nd Street" is a 1945 black-and-white film in the film noir genre. The movie (unlike its follow up, "The Street with No Name") was shot mainly in New York City. The film was directed by Henry Hathaway and won screenwriter Charles G. Booth an Academy Award for the best original motion picture story. The film's scenes with FBI agents 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 Fox with the full cooperation of the FBI. J. Edgar Hoover appears during the introduction. The film's semidocumentary style 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 Hoover called 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." []

Although praised when released in 1945, the film when released on DVD in 2005 received mostly mixed reviews. Christopher Null, writing for, writes, "today it comes across as a bit goody-goody, pandering to the FBI, pedantic, and not noirish at all." []

Featured cast


*Won 1946 Oscar (Original Motion Picture Story) — Charles G. Booth
*Nominated for 1945 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay - Charles G. Booth, Barre Lyndon, John Monks, Jr.


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* [ D3Q Movie Information about "The House on 92nd Street"]
* [ IMDB Movie information about "The House on 92nd Street"]

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