House on Telegraph Hill 1951 Crime Drama
Stars: Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan
House on Telegraph Hill Story Line. 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. 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. However, living life with a new identity isn’t without its dangers.
The acting in this film is high-quality and the pacing effective. The footage of San Francisco is beautifully done, truly evoking the Telegraph Hill area. The director made great use of the hills. Valentina Cortese plays an appealing heroine and the story is more interesting by the WWII element.
Trivia: The grocery store where Tony worked was a real store called Speedy’s. It was open 94 years from 1914 to 2008 at 301 Union Street San Francisco, CA 94133. The corner store building still looks similar to the one in the movie.
Tagline: Shame is the mistress of this house and betrayal its master!
- Director: Robert Wise
- Country: USA
- Language: English
- Production Co.: Twentieth Century Fox
- Run time: 93 minutes
- Sound: Mono
- Color: Black and White
- Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
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