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The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | | Thriller, Drama | 12 April 1940 (USA)
Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

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In 1828, the bankrupt Pyncheon family fight over Seven Gables, the ancestral mansion. To obtain the house, Jaffrey Pyncheon obtains his brother Clifford's false conviction for murder. Hepzibah, Clifford's sweet fiancée, patiently waits twenty years for his release, whereupon Clifford and his former cellmate, abolitionist Matthew, have a certain scheme in mind. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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AN ANCIENT HOUSE! A MURDER SECRET! A HIDDEN TREASURE! (original print ad - all caps)

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12 April 1940 (USA)  »

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A Casa das Sete Torres  »

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$178,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Made it's New York City TV debut on 10 September 1956 on WRCA (Channel 4). See more »

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Referenced in Vincent Price: The Sinister Image (1987) See more »

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THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES
(1940)
Music by Frank Skinner
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by Vincent Price (uncredited)
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Not bad but not Hawthorne either.
19 March 1999 | by (West Chester, PA) – See all my reviews

The screen writer took great liberties with the original work by Hawthorne. Relationships are changed to allow a love interest. Hepzibah Pyncheon becomes the cousin of Clifford Pyncheon, rather than his sister, to allow the romance to weave itself throughout the film. Also the character of Clifford is altered to make him heroic, something he is not in the book. Added are a trial, which was never in the book. Great emphasis is place on the dedication of Matthew Maule to the cause of abolition. Hawthorne never stressed this. The greatest shortcoming is the lack of emphasis on the house itself. It plays a major role in the novel but in the film it is just another building in which the action takes place. Overall it is not a bad film but if one is trying to capture the essence of what Hawthorne was writing, the film misses the major points.


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