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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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Woman in Peril at the Top of Telegraph Hill See more (29 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)

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)

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Trivia:
Julius Castle, a restaurant with a castle-like exterior located on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill, was used as the exterior of the house in the film. The filmmakers built a mansion-like exterior around parts of the restaurant to hide certain elements (such as the "Julius Castle" sign on the outside wall). Built in 1922, Julius Castle served as a high-class restaurant until it closed in 2008. (It is currently for sale.)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:You think it's easy to kill somebody? It takes time and patience and a strong stomach.See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Woman in Peril at the Top of Telegraph Hill, 26 July 2013
Author: evanston_dad from United States

Pretty standard woman-in-peril film raised a notch or two above the average by high production values and taut direction by Robert Wise.

Valentina Cortesa plays a woman who is released from a concentration camp and takes on the identity of a woman who died in the camp. She uses this new identity as a ticket to America, marries Richard Basehart and assumes the mother role to the son the dead woman left behind. All the while, a possessive and meddling nanny lurks in the background and resists all of Cortesa's overtures to create a happy family.

Richard Basehart was terrific as a villain. He had leading man good looks but was so good at being oily and duplicitous. There is some attempt at making the audience guess how much Cortesa's character is actually in danger from her husband (there's an inheritance involved) and how much the nanny is implicated, but only some. Mostly, the plot is straightforward, and we know Cortesa will get out of everything o.k., just not exactly how.

The film has the look of a film noir, heightened by the San Francisco atmosphere, but it's really more of a conventional suspense thriller than a true noir. It received a sole Oscar nomination for its black and white art direction, courtesy of the many-times-nominated team of Lyle Wheeler and John DeCuir (art direction) and Thomas Little and Paul S. Fox (set decoration).

Grade: B

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