Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The House on 92nd St

1945, US, directed by Henry Hathaway

Hathaway made something of a name for himself with a string of location-shot, "authentic" 1940s pictures, and this one comes saddled with a good deal of documentary paraphernalia, including a cameo from J. Edgar Hoover, to introduce this purportedly true account of the unmasking of a Nazi spy ring, with the kind of sexual undertones that make you suspect good old J. Edgar would have had a ball with the case files. Unfortunately, as a film it feels neither fish nor fowl -- too plodding to make for great drama, and not effective as a documentary either (though the location footage is quite fascinating).

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