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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
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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
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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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Shame is the mistress of this house and betrayal its master! See more »


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27 August 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Colina  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Basehart and Valentina Cortese were married in 1951. 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 »

Quotes

Alan Spender: [to Victoria/Karin] The trouble with you is you really don't know how to relax.
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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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Reality within the movie
3 November 2003 | by (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) – See all my reviews

About 10-15 minutes into the film there is a segment showing emmigrants filing into a ship to leave to America.

My parents (unknown to them until two years later) got their 15 seconds of fame. They're the man carrying an infant (me, face down-I wasn't ready for my cameo) and the woman with glasses carying two suitcases.

The ship was the SS Marine-Jumper (pretty odd name) which left Hamburg, and it arrived in New York on July 7th 1949.

The crossing was uneventful except that my mother told me she was angry with the sailors for playing catch with an orange. She hadn't eaten one since 1940.


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