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The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

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

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Storyline

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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Originally budgeted at $161,625, the production wrapped two days over schedule with the cast and crew typically working until 10pm. Final cost: $178,000. See more »

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Referenced in Vincent Price: Renaissance Man (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES
(1940)
Music by Frank Skinner
Lyrics by Ralph Freed
Sung by Vincent Price (uncredited)
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Second rate, compressed version of Hawthorne novel...
27 February 2012 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Despite the fact that this is a compressed and revised version of the Hawthorne novel, THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES manages to overcome its budget limitations (on a B-film scale) to become an interesting, if over-plotted version of the original story.

Margaret Lindsay, who usually had second femme leads at Warner Brothers during the '30s, is the central character here and acquits herself admirably. She's so good as the repressed Cousin Hepzibah, a bitter woman who becomes a reclusive owner of the house, that's it's a wonder she didn't have a bigger career. Others in the cast, including George Sanders, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, Dick Foran and Cecil Kellaway, perform admirably too. In fact, the acting is on the strong side and better than the script deserves.

But for all its strengths, the story is too complex to be told in 90 minutes and much had to be handled too swiftly to give any of the characters real depth. It's a nice try, and the film itself is worth seeing as a product of its time.


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