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The House on Telegraph Hill -- House On Telegraph Hill is an intriguing cliffhanger set in a spooky Victorian mansion below Coit Tower in San Francisco.
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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:
(4 articles)
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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)
Sol Babitz .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Frank Beach .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Vic Berton .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Morris Boltuch .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Lois Craft .... musician: harp (uncredited)
Don Cristlieb .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Carl Jeschke .... musician: bassoon (uncredited)
Bernard Mayers .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Abe Most .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Vito Mumolo .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Lee Perrin .... musician: drums, percussion (uncredited)
Meyer Rubin .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Harry Schmidt .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Paul Shure .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Felix Slatkin .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... musician: piano (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:
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:[to Victoria/Karin] The trouble with you is you really don't know how to relax.See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue MoonSee more »

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68 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Reality within the movie, 3 November 2003
Author: Alex Botkin (alexbotkin@hotmail.com) from Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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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