THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET (1945) B/W 88m dir: Henry Hathaway
w/William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll, Mike Evans
This fast-paced, exciting film depicts the FBI's battle against the fifth column. This was the first picture to effectively combine documentary techniques with the dramatic, and none of its imitators have topped it. Winner of the Oscar for Best Original Story.
From Variety 's contemporary review of the film: "Twentieth-Fox, employing somewhat the technique of The March of Time has parlayed the latter with facilities and files of the FBI in arriving at The House on 92nd Street . It doesn't matter much whether its east or west 92nd --- the result is an absorbing documentation that's frequently heavily-steeped melodrama. House is comprised of prewar and wartime footage taken by the FBI, and it ties together revelations of the vast Nazi spy system in the United States. Woven into this factual data, along with what the forward reveals is a thorough cooperation of the FBI in making the film, are the dramatic elements inserted by Hollywood in general and 20th-Fox in particular."