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The House on Telegraph Hill (2001)

The House on Telegraph Hill





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After surviving the hell of a Nazi death camp, a refugee faces even greater dangers in America in this tale of murder, deceit, and assumed identities. Victoria Kopwelska (Valentina Cortese) is a Polish woman imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp near the end of World War II. Desperate to survive, Victoria learns that her best friend has family in the United States, and if they are ever freed, she pledges to take Victoria to America with her. Victoria's friend, however, is killed shortly before American troops can liberate the camp. With nowhere to go, Victoria steals her friend's papers and sails to America, where she is accepted as her friend by her family. Victoria learns that she is now the godmother to a young boy, as well as the heir to a sizable fortune, following the death of her "aunt." Alan Spender (Richard Basehart), the boy's guardian, has been making secret plans to get his hands on the money, and Victoria's arrival causes him to draft a new scheme. Alan begins wooing Victoria, hoping to take her hand in marriage and then murder her, gaining her estate in the process. However, after several accidents befall the youngster, Victoria begins to believe that her new sweetheart is up to no good. The House on Telegraph Hill was directed by Robert Wise, who went on to helm such blockbusters as West Side Story and The Sound of Music. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: Elick Moll, Frank Partos
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On DVD: Mar 7, 2006


Valentina Cortese
as Victoria Kowelska
Richard Basehart
as Alan Spender
Fay Baker
as Margaret
William Lundigan
as Maj. Marc Anders
Lai Kei Chung
as Houseboy
Steven Geray
as Dr. Burkhardt
John Burton
as Mr. Whitmore
Katherine Meskill
as Mrs. Whitmore
Charles Wagenheim
as Man At Accident
David Clarke
as Mechanic
Ashmead Scott
as Inspector Hardy
Mari Young
as Chinese Girl Singer
Henry Rowland
as Sergeant Interpreter
Les O'Pace
as UNRRA Sergeant
Don Kohler
as Chemist
Harry Carter
as Detective Ellis
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Heavy on eerie atmosphere.

Full Review… | March 20, 2006
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Nice Robert Wise film noir. Combines WWII holocaust backstory with a thrilling 'who-dunnit' mystery. Valentina Cortese is wonderful as the young Polish girl who survives a German death camp only to face more peril in the hills of San Francisco.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Solid suspenser with good performances from the two female leads and excellent cinematography.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


This struck me as less of the typical Noir and more of a mystery, but I still enjoyed the ride.

A woman assumes a friends identity in a concentration camp, returning to the son that her friend's death has left orphaned, then falls in love with and marries her lawyer, but someone is rather suspicious of her, as she'd been out of the country and presumed dead, so it's a very real concern that she may not be who she claims to be.

Great shots of '50s era San Francisco and a breezy plot make this a fun watch, give it a look if you like a nice mystery yarn.


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