My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The House On 92nd Street (1945)

HENRY HATHAWAY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  USA, 1945. Story by , Screenplay by , Charles G. Booth, . Cinematography by . Produced by . Music by . Production Design by , . Costume Design by . Film Editing by Academy Awards 1945

Despite having the skeletal appearance of drama, this pot boiler is little more than a propaganda film for the FBI. Opening with a dully narrated look at the formation of the bureau and its grand works, it then focuses in on the story of a double agent who works for the KGB in aid of the United States’ efforts to win the newly begun Cold War. Stiff situations and caricature performances do nothing to make it particularly interesting except as an example of the most unsubtle ways in which government imposed its requirements on the populace in post-war America. Inexplicably won an Academy Award for writing despite its being more documentary than drama.

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