The House on 92nd Street (1945)

Well that wasn’t pretentious at all…

It would have been better as two separate films: a mockumentary film noir spy thriller and a carefully accurate historical account of the Duquesne Spy Ring.

It’s a decent enough movie to watch but the pedantic, ostentatious tone leaves the audience with a disdain of Hoover’s scrambling efforts to over-promote the FBI’s efforts in WWII.  This is a case of propaganda failing where the truth would have succeeded.


p.s.  Am I the only one who started yelling at them at the end when the Feds “gave them 2 minutes to come out with their hands up!”?  Seriously?  Professional spies, and you want to give them a couple minutes to burn and destroy all of the evidence and then get their guns ready for the shoot-out?  Seriously!?!