The House on Telegraph Hill (2001)
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as Victoria Kowelska
as Alan Spender
as Maj. Marc Anders
as Dr. Burkhardt
as Mr. Whitmore
as Mrs. Whitmore
as Man At Accident
as Inspector Hardy
as Chinese Girl Singer
as Sergeant Interpreter
as UNRRA Sergeant
as Detective Ellis
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He wants to get rid of me. Victoria Kowelska is a concentration camp survivor that takes the identity of a best friend when she gets released and joins a family, including her husband and child, on a large estate in San Francisco. Shortly after arriving a murderous plot unfolds in front of her and she quickly realizes her life is at risk. She partners with an old friend in hopes of saving her own life. "Don't go in there." "Is there something you don't want me to see?" "No. But it is dangerous." Robert Wise, director of The Sound of Music, West Side Story, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, The Andromeda Strain, The Haunting (1963), and The Sand Pebbles, delivers The House on Telegraph Hill. The storyline for this picture is amazing and very well written. The character interactions are perfect and well delivered. The cast delivers very compelling performances and includes Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, William Lundigan, and Fay Baker. "We weren't immediate family...more like poor relations." I came across this classic when it was recently added to Netflix. This was way better than I thought it would be. There are very intense sequences between the child and Victoria and the settings and sequences are well delivered. I strongly recommend catching this gem. "He's trying to kill me." Grade: A-
HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL is a total winning surprise! What starts off as a serious examination of a Nazi death camp survivor begins to spin into a melodrama with far too much voice over and explanation. BUT then the film becomes a totally nail biting suspense film combining elements of film noir, horror, and melodrama. A tougher directorial hand like a Fritz Lang would have made this killer but HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL is a wonderful surprise from Fox Retro.
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.
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