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Overview

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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 »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
Phoenix | Review
 (From ioncinema. 28 July 2015, 9:30 AM, PDT)

Stolen identities in film show us our true selves
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 21 July 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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Okay suspenseful drama See more (31 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)
Steve Carruthers ... Restaurant Guest (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Detective Ellis (uncredited)
Spencer Chan ... Chinese Cook (uncredited)
Sonia Charsky ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Alphonso DuBois ... Party Guest (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
 
Visual 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:
Argentina:16 | 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:
Richard Basehart and Valentina Cortese were married in 1951.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Nazi concentration camps routinely confiscated the identification documents and personal property of inmates. Yet Victoria's friend Karin has been allowed by the Nazis to keep a photograph of her son and other means of identification, which Victoria takes after Karin's death. And Victoria also kept her own passport during her time as a prisoner of the Nazis.See more »
Quotes:
Victoria Kowelska:Everything will be all right, Margaret. I'll be your witness.
Margaret:My conscience will be my witness, Mrs. Spender.
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Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Okay suspenseful drama, 30 June 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Valentina Cortese and Richard Basehart star in "The House on Telegraph Hill," a 1951 film also starring William Lundigan. It's probable that Cortese and Basehart met during the filming of this movie, since they were married in March of 1951. Cortese plays a concentration camp survivor, Victoria Kowelska, who takes the identity of her dead friend and travels to San Francisco to claim the woman's son, who is living with an aunt, and also her inheritance. When she arrives, the aunt is deceased,and the boy is being cared for by a snippy nanny (Fay Baker). Victoria and the estate's trustee (Basehart) fall in love, marry, and live in the aunt's mansion. It soon becomes apparent from a series of mishaps that someone is trying to do away with Victoria. She finally confides in the Army officer who processed her papers (Lundigan).

Robert Wise does a good job with this suspenser, which combines some diverse elements - hidden identity, romance, shady nanny and a murder plot - though the script isn't the best. It drags in spots. Cortese is an effective actress while not being a conventional beauty; her star shone brighter in Italy, where she worked until 1993 and then retired.

"The House on Telegraph Hill" does hold the viewer throughout. It's enjoyable but nothing special.

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