Saturday, March 26, 2016

Midnight Mysteries-The House on Telegraph Hill

There are so many amazing classic thrillers out there, I decided to add a new category, Midnight Mysteries. Enjoy! 

The House on Telegraph Hill (1951)

To endure the horrors of the concentration camp, Karin and Victoria dream of a future where Karin is reunited with her son who she sent as an infant to live with her wealthy aunt, Sophie, in San Francisco. Despite Victoria’s vigilant care, Karin perishes.  Victoria leaves the heartbreak of war-torn Poland behind when she assumes Karin’s identity and finds love and an affluent new life in San Francisco.

But anything can happen in a Victorian house with a beautiful blonde governess with a murderous gleam in her eye.  Would the kindly, late Aunt Sophie approve of an imposter mothering her beloved grand-nephew? Even in the land of the free, Victoria doesn’t know where to turn or whom to trust.

The film opens with a panoramic view of San Francisco filmed from the top of Coit Tower. Most of the film was shot on location and the City is truly one of the stars of the show.  The film features scenes from Telegraph Hill, Twin Peaks Vista and the Marina. So if you’re  longing for the City by the Bay, grab a bowl of cioppino and a loaf sourdough and head for The House on Telegraph Hill.

Fun facts:
Director Robert Wise would later direct West Side Story and The Sound of Music.
Film was based on the novel “The Frightened Child” by Dana Lyon

Victoria (Italian actress, Valentina Cortese) fell in love with her leading man (Richard Baseheart) while filming and the pair later married. 

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