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The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) Poster

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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.)
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Richard Basehart and Valentina Cortese were married in 1951.
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The portrait shown throughout the movie as "Aunt Sophie", was a painting of actress Helena Benda.
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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.
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Furnishings and props for the mansion interior were acquired by property master Tom Little from the estates of the Aga Khan III and David Belasco.
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Other actors considered for the Richard Basehart role include James Mason, Hugh Marlowe, Richard Widmark, Dana Andrews, John Lund, and Richard Conte.
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Other actresses considered for the Fay Baker role of Margaret include Andrea King, Jayne Meadows, Audrey Totter, Nancy Reagan, Mercedes McCambridge, Marsha Hunt, Ann Savage, and Uta Hagen.
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