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The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1951 (Sweden)
Concentration camp survivor Victoria Kowelska finds herself involved in mystery, greed, and murder when she assumes the identity of a dead friend in order to gain passage to America.

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Victoria Kowelska (as Valentina Cortesa)
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Major Marc Bennett
Fay Baker ...
Gordon Gebert ...
Christopher
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Dr. Burkhardt
Herbert Butterfield ...
Joseph C. Callahan
Kei Thin Chung ...
Kei - Houseboy
John Burton ...
Mr. Whitmore
Katherine Meskill ...
Mrs. Whitmore
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Tony, the Grocer
Charles Wagenheim ...
Man At Accident
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Mechanic
Tamara Schee ...
Maria
Natasha Lytess ...
Karin Dernakova
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Storyline

Victoria has survived Nazi concentration by assuming the identity of one who died there. She arrives in San Francisco to see her "son" just as the boy's great-aunt dies leaving a lot of money to be inherited. Victoria falls in love with the boy's trustee Alan Spender, and they move into the mansion on Telegraph Hill. She then learns that Alan and his lover, the boy's governess Margaret, murdered an aunt and are planning the same for her. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Their emotions, their passions, their fury race headlong from the House on Telegraph Hill! See more »


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27 August 1951 (Sweden)  »

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A Casa da Colina  »

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Furnishings and props for the mansion interior were acquired by property master Tom Little from the estates of the Aga Khan III and David Belasco. See more »

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Victoria's opening narration states that San Francisco and Warsaw are 7000 miles apart, when in fact the distance is about 5800. See more »

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Alan Spender: [to Victoria/Karin] Is there something going on in that funny little head of yours - something you're keeping from me?
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Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Played immediately after the performance at the Chinese restaurant
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Not A Ghost Story.
15 November 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Wise directed this drama(not a haunted house thriller!) that stars Valentina Cortesa as Victoria Kowelska , a Nazi concentration camp survivor who swaps identities with her deceased friend in order to escape her dire situation. She eventually ends up in San Francisco, at the woman's home, trying to bond with the son, who is now in the custody of Alan Spender(played by Richard Basehart) with whom she falls in love. Sadly, he isn't all he seems either, and circumstances force a fateful confrontation where all secrets will be revealed. Interesting film with a compelling(if contrived) plot, and most appealing San Francisco locations, especially the beautiful title house.


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