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The House on Telegraph Hill (2001)





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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, Rovi
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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
Tom McDonough
as Farrell
Henry Rowland
as Sergeant Interpreter
Les O'Pace
as UNRRA Sergeant
Don Kohler
as Chemist
Harry Carter
as Detective Ellis
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Critic Reviews for The House on Telegraph Hill

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Heavy on eerie atmosphere.

Full Review… | March 20, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The House on Telegraph Hill


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-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

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.

Michael Lupetin
Michael Lupetin

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
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