In this story of a sleuth trailing improbable characters involved in a ridiculous conspiracy, Kelly McGillis is the idealistic and hardly convincing political activist who in 1951 refuses to answer questions before a Senate hearing on her involvement in a controversial organization.

In this story of a sleuth trailing improbable characters involved in a ridiculous conspiracy, Kelly McGillis is the idealistic and hardly convincing political activist who in 1951 refuses to answer questions before a Senate hearing on her involvement in a controversial organization.

She takes a job reading to a crochety old blind lady (Jessica Tandy) whose row house garden is adjacent to another brownstone where there are mysterious goings-on. It just so happens the same senator (Mandy Patinkin) who grilled her about her political leanings is in the house shouting as an interpreter translates into German.

McGillis is intrigued. She collects about three clues and figures out Patinkin is smuggling Nazis in by having them take the names of dead Jews.

Jeff Daniels is Ned to McGillis’ Nancy Drew. He is the FBI agent who manages to come in at exactly the right moments to save her from whatever perilous predicament she is in at the time – no matter how preposterous.

The House on Carroll Street

Production

Orion. Dir Peter Yates; Producer Peter Yates, Robert F. Colesberry; Screenplay Walter Bernstein; Camera Michael Ballhaus; Editor Ray Lovejoy; Music Georges Delerue Art Dir Stuart Wurtzel

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Kelly McGillis Jeff Daniels Mandy Patinkin Christopher Rhode Jessica Tandy Trey Wilson
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