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The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1951 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Kowelska (as Valentina Cortesa)
Major Marc Bennett
Fay Baker ...
Gordon Gebert ...
Dr. Burkhardt
Herbert Butterfield ...
Joseph C. Callahan
Kei Thin Chung ...
Kei - Houseboy
John Burton ...
Mr. Whitmore
Katherine Meskill ...
Mrs. Whitmore
Mario Siletti ...
Tony, the Grocer
Charles Wagenheim ...
Man At Accident
Tamara Schee ...
Natasha Lytess ...
Karin Dernakova


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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This is the house forbidden to every woman with a conscience, forbidden to every man with honor! See more »


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Release Date:

27 August 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Colina  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thr role of the real Karin Dernakova in the concentration camp was played by Natasha Lytyss who just a few years later was employed by Marilyn Monroe as her first on and off set drama coach until being replaced be Actors Studio guru Lee Strasberg and his wife Paula, who served as on set coach in the last 6 Monroe films. See more »


Bergen-Belsen concentration camp was liberated and its prisoners looked after by British soldiers after the war.

No American soldiers were present as depicted in this film. See more »


Alan Spender: [to Victoria/Karin] The trouble with you is you really don't know how to relax.
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Blue Moon
Music by Richard Rodgers
Played immediately after the performance at the Chinese restaurant
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very effective b/w thriller with great use of San Francisco locations
29 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Perhaps not a noir, strictly but a very effective b/w thriller with great use of San Francisco locations. Valentina Cortesa is excellent and very believable as the lady who makes her way from the concentration camps to the house on Telegraph Hill. Richard Basehart is also very good in a complex role as her husband. But mention must also be made of William Lundigan and the terrifying Fay Baker. Even the kid is acceptable! This is a most involving and atmospheric picture, perhaps with shades of 'Notorious'. Great dialogue helps keep one involved throughout and there are certain scenes, for instance, the orange juice sequence that are positively thrilling. Excellent.

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