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Director:
Writers:
Elick Moll (screenplay) and
Frank Partos (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
27 August 1951 (Sweden) See more »
Tagline:
Shame is the mistress of this house and betrayal its master! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Not A Ghost Story. See more (28 total) »

Cast

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Richard Basehart ... Alan Spender

Valentina Cortese ... Victoria Kowelska (as Valentina Cortesa)
William Lundigan ... Major Marc Bennett
Fay Baker ... Margaret
Gordon Gebert ... Christopher
Steven Geray ... 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

David Clarke ... Mechanic
Tamara Schee ... Maria
Natasha Lytess ... Karin Dernakova
Ashmead Scott ... Inspector Hardy
Mari Young ... Chinese Singer
Tom McDonough ... Farrell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Flo Buzby ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Detective Ellis (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Chinese Cook (uncredited)
Sonie Charsaky ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Geraldine Jordan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Don Kohler ... Chemist (uncredited)
Margaret Masters ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Roger McGee ... G.I. (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Leslie K. O'Pace ... U.N.R.A. Sergeant (uncredited)
Eugene Porcheur ... Polish Man (uncredited)
Henry Rowland ... Sergeant, Interpreter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Police Stenographer (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Bit Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
Robert Wise 
 
Writing credits
Elick Moll (screenplay) and
Frank Partos (screenplay)

Dana Lyon (novel)

Robert Bassler  contributing writer (uncredited)
Richard Murphy  contributing writer (uncredited)
Robert Wise  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Robert Bassler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Sol Kaplan 
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Nick DeMaggio  (as Nick De Maggio)
 
Art Direction by
John DeCuir  (as John De Cuir)
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Paul S. Fox 
Thomas Little 
 
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire 
Renié (costumes designed by) (as Renie)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Horace Hough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
George Leverett .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Music Department
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (as Maurice de Packh)
Alfred Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Allan A. Buckhantz .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Anthony Jowitt .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (certificate #14810)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The grocery store where Tony worked was an actual store called Speedy's. It was open 94 years from 1914 to 2008 at 301 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94133. Google Maps Streetview shows that the corner store building still looks similar to the movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the establishing shot of the house at the beginning, the fact that the water in the bay in the background never moves indicates is it a matte painting.See more »
Quotes:
Alan Spender:[to Victoria/Karin] Is there something going on in that funny little head of yours - something you're keeping from me?See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

FAQ

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Not A Ghost Story., 15 November 2013
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America

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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