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Dragonwyck (1946)

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A simple Connecticut farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patroon, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion.

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Storyline

In 1844, farmer's daughter Miranda Wells is invited by Nicholas Van Ryn, distant relation, to live in his mansion as companion to his daughter. Arriving in high hopes, Miranda finds the Van Ryns a bit strange. The parents barely know their daughter, Katrine; Nicholas faces a revolt of his tenant farmers; the servants hint darkly of curses and visitations. And what does Nicholas really do up in his tower room? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Secret thoughts... That led to secret love... That led to rapture and terror! See more »


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Release Date:

10 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le château du dragon  »

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Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the first cut, Miranda meets Dr. Turner on the riverboat going to Dragonwyck. Although it was cut by order of producer Zanuck, actor Glenn Langan can still be seen from behind walking toward Miranda. A brief opening scene showing Miranda reading a novel in a graveyard was also cut. See more »

Goofs

As Miranda and Van Ryn dance through the doorway from the balcony into the ballroom, she holds her closed fan in her hand. When the shot changes after they enter the room, the fan dangles from her wrist. See more »

Quotes

Johanna Van Ryn: What can you possibly do up there?
Nicholas Van Ryn: Possibly? Anything from pinning butterflies to hiding an insane twin brother. Actually, I read. I hope that my explanation satisfies you?
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Featured in Mankiewicz Dragonwick: naissance d'un auteur (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
(uncredited)
from "The Bohemian Girl"
Written by Michael William Balfe
Performed by Gene Tierney and Vincent Price
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Ghostly music is wonderful
21 August 2001 | by (Coral Gables, Florida) – See all my reviews

I thought Dragonwyck was pretty good -- actors all fine. Vincent Price and Jessica Tandy are always superb, and Gene Tierney and the rest were very good. But what really got to me is the ghostly music heard only by the Van Ryns. I was intensely curious to know more about it, and thank IMDb for informing that it's "Creole Lullaby," music by Alfred Newman, lyrics by Charles Henderson (and fantastic singing by an unknown woman -- too bad). It doesn't sound like a lullaby to me -- too dramatic -- but whatever it is, it's lovely!


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