Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The House on 92nd Street (1945)

The House on 92nd Street (1945) Poster

*** out of 5

This is another KindaNoir (TM).  It's more WWII spy film than noir, but it's still pretty good entertainment.  Continuing the trend of documentary-style dramas that Fox particularly produced a several of, 92nd Street (how many House titles are there in the annals of noir, anyways?) details the workings of FBI tracking of fifth columnist spy rings leading up to US involvement in WWII, and does a great job of balancing and authentic look of documentary footage with dramatic entertainment.  Director Henry Hathaway would perfect this balance in later noir entries like Kiss of Death, Call Northside 777, 13 Rue Madeleine, and Fourteen Hours. (lots of addresses and numbers in film noir titles, too!)

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