A black-and-white still photograph from the 1944 film was hanging in the house when Brunken first visited it in 2000. Stanwyck and co-star Fred MacMurray stand in the foyer near the curved staircase with iron scrollwork, terra cotta steps and Monterey tile risers. Little had changed inside the room since Paramount Pictures took the photo, and though the film connection wasnt the only reason Brunken purchased the 3,200-square-foot house, I asked for the photo to be part of the sale, she says.
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