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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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Release Date:

10 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le château du dragon  »

Box Office


$1,900,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Ernst Lubitsch was intended to direct the film. When he suffered from illness, Joseph L. Mankiewicz took over. See more »


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 »


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Written by Alfred Newman
Lyrics Charles Henderson
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Chilling film that leaves you wanting more!
21 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Gene Tierney is invited to stay with Vincent Price and his family at the Dragonwyck castle. When she arrives she is enamored by the new lifestyle in which she will live. Mysterious things begin to stir within the family. Price becomes equally enamormed with Tierney, his wife becomes suddenly ill, his daughter shows no love for either parents, and the mysterious tower all play an important part in this tangled web. A must see for anyone who likes suspense!

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