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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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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 original novel Nicholas drowned in a vain rescue attempt after diving off a riverboat. 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

Miranda Wells: [inquiring about Nicholas' grandparents] Did they fall in love at first sight?
Nicholas Van Ryn: No Van Ryn does anything at first sight.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

CREOLE LULLABY
(uncredited)
Written by Alfred Newman
Lyrics Charles Henderson
Sung by female voice off camera
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Good thriller
29 July 1999 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a rare case where the movie adaptation is more enjoyable than the novel it was based on. I liked Vincent Price immensely in this movie; he is creepy yet seductive, and I can readily imagine a young woman getting caught in his web without realizing the danger. He adds much more nuance and subtlety to the character of Van Ryn, who in the novel came across as just a scary guy to be avoided at all costs. I wish it would come out on video - it's definitely an enjoyable "rainy day" movie.


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