HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL

1951 Murder Mystery filmed in San Francisco

As Karin, Victoria finds herself living in a mansion on San Francisco's Telegraph Hill. She's now married, pretending to be the mother to a son, and the next in line to the Dernakova fortune. Things at first appear to go well for Victoria but then strange things begin to take place and Victoria doesn't know what to make of them.

  1951  Movie Poster

1951 Movie Poster

 This is an overall view of the house, seen early in the movie.   But this is a painting!   It's geographically consistent with the Julius' Castle location, even down to the glimpse of Alcatraz Island in the Bay.

This is an overall view of the house, seen early in the movie.  But this is a painting!  It's geographically consistent with the Julius' Castle location, even down to the glimpse of Alcatraz Island in the Bay.

The house that Victoria now claims as her own was a grand Victorian.  All of the interiors were built and filmed on a 20th Century Fox studio set but the exteriors were created by building a facade around a real building - the Julius' Castle restaurant on Telegraph Hill.

 Victoria and Chris in front of the convincing  Victorian facade .

Victoria and Chris in front of the convincing Victorian facade.

 Here's a photo still of  Julius Castle  taken while 'The House' facade was being set up.

Here's a photo still of Julius Castle taken while 'The House' facade was being set up.

 J ulius' Castle today , little changed, at the north end of the  Montgomery Street  cul-de-sac 150 feet below  Coit Tower .  Sadly, the restaurant closed down in 2008 after 84 years of operation.

Julius' Castle today, little changed, at the north end of the Montgomery Street cul-de-sac 150 feet below Coit Tower.  Sadly, the restaurant closed down in 2008 after 84 years of operation.

  301 Union Street  on the corner of  Montgomery , a two block walk from  Victoria's house . 

301 Union Street on the corner of Montgomery, a two block walk from Victoria's house

  Union Street  is seen dipping down into  North Beach  before climbing west to the top of  Russian Hill

Union Street is seen dipping down into North Beach before climbing west to the top of Russian Hill

 Victoria drives home, crossing  Union  and heading down  Montgomery .

Victoria drives home, crossing Union and heading down Montgomery.

 other than the trees blocking the view of the distant bay, nothing has changed that much.

other than the trees blocking the view of the distant bay, nothing has changed that much.

 here's how this corner looked  circa 1870 .  The house on the corner is the same one, with the original brick walls.  Behind it is  Telegraph Hill  with a building housing a telescope on the peak. the corner building has been plastered over (the windows and doors still match) and  Coit Tower  has ruled the hill since 1933.

here's how this corner looked circa 1870.  The house on the corner is the same one, with the original brick walls.  Behind it is Telegraph Hill with a building housing a telescope on the peak. the corner building has been plastered over (the windows and doors still match) and Coit Tower has ruled the hill since 1933.

 Fortuitously Victoria lands in a pile of sand and for the second time in the movie narrowly escapes injury.  Trivia but tragic -  the actor who comes to her aid (  Charles Wagonheim  , kneeling below), was murdered years later in his Hollywood apartment in 1979 when he was 83.

Fortuitously Victoria lands in a pile of sand and for the second time in the movie narrowly escapes injury.  Trivia but tragic -  the actor who comes to her aid (Charles Wagonheim, kneeling below), was murdered years later in his Hollywood apartment in 1979 when he was 83.

  1227 Montgomery , alongside  Montague Place , now has an added garage with a patio built over it.

1227 Montgomery, alongside Montague Place, now has an added garage with a patio built over it.