The House on Telegraph Hill
Directed by Robert Wise. US. 1951. NR. 93 minutes. Fox. 35mm.
Sun., January 17, 2016
Robert Wise, the talented and versatile film director (“The Sound of Music,” “The Curse of The Cat People,” “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” etc.) is at the top of his form with this taut thriller. Filled with clever plot twists and turns, this is the story of a WWII refugee (Valentina Cortese) who, having taken on the identity of a dead American woman, has to contend with Richard Basehart, as the scheming trustee of the dead woman’s estate, as well as several other very creepy characters in the deceased’s household. If you like your film noir tinged with a touch of the gothic (like “Gaslight” and “The Spiral Staircase”), then this “House” will be right up your alley. (Bill Roth)