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The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 27 August 1951 (Sweden)
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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.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Elick Moll (screenplay), Frank Partos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Basehart ... Alan Spender
Valentina Cortese ... Victoria Kowelska (as Valentina Cortesa)
William Lundigan ... Major Marc Bennett
Fay Baker ... Margaret
Gordon Gebert Gordon Gebert ... Christopher
Steven Geray ... Dr. Burkhardt
Herbert Butterfield ... Joseph C. Callahan
Kei Thin Chung Kei Thin Chung ... Kei - Houseboy
John Burton John Burton ... Mr. Whitmore
Katherine Meskill Katherine Meskill ... Mrs. Whitmore
Mario Siletti ... Tony, the Grocer
Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim ... Man At Accident
David Clarke ... Mechanic
Tamara Schee Tamara Schee ... Maria
Natasha Lytess ... Karin Dernakova
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Storyline

Victoria has survived Nazi concentration by assuming the identity of one who died there. She arrives in San Francisco to see her "son" just as the boy's great-aunt dies leaving a lot of money to be inherited. Victoria falls in love with the boy's trustee Alan Spender, and they move into the mansion on Telegraph Hill. Living life in a new identity isn't without its dangers, however. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Shame is the mistress of this house and betrayal its master! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa da Colina See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thr role of the real Karin Dernakova in the concentration camp was played by Natasha Lytyss who just a few years later was employed by Marilyn Monroe as her first on and off set drama coach until being replaced be Actors Studio guru Lee Strasberg and his wife Paula, who served as on set coach in the last 6 Monroe films. See more »

Goofs

Victoria's opening narration states that San Francisco and Warsaw are 7000 miles apart, when in fact the distance is about 5800. 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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Blue Moon
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Played immediately after the performance at the Chinese restaurant
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Worried about the past and worried about the future
4 December 2001 | by Kevin LynchSee all my reviews

A woman (Valentina Cortesa) assumes the identity of her more affluent friend who died at the Belsen camp in Germany. However the seemingly ideal life she is about to enter soon beings to have a sinister feel. Is she the only fraud? Reasonable performances from all the leads keeps the storyline, which never quite reaches its potential, interesting. The film also lead to the marriage of Valentina Cortesa to her co-star Richard Basehart - a chemistry not readily apparent in the film!


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