The House on Telegraph Hill

house on telegraph hill

1951’s film noir mystery The House on Telegraph Hill continues to charm more than 60 years after it’s release. Post-war Poland war refuge Victoria assumes the identity of her concentration camp friend Karin only to discover Karin’s rich aunt in San Francisco has died and her estate is held in trust for Karin’s young son being taken care of by Alan, the only surviving relative. This case of intentional mistaken identity gets a further boost by having Alan faking a romance with Karin while his lover, the nanny plot to get rid of her so they can have the money all to themselves. Slow moving to start, this suspense drama builds to a satisfying climax. It’s certainly not Hitchcock, but it’s good noir with a healthy dose of fright – a perfect sort of film to set the October mood. 3 out of 5 for The House on Telegraph Hill.

If you’d like to see a great comparison of location shots from the film comparing 1951 to 2012, check out Dear Old Hollywood’s blog.

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