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Dragonwyck (1946)

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A simple Connecticuit 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 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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DANGEROUSLY She dared to LOVE! (original ad - all caps) 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

"Dragonwyck" was recreated twice for radio: the Lux Radio Theater on 10/7/46 with Price and Tierney recreating their roles with Gale Gordon as Ephraim Wells and on 1/20/47 foe Screen Guild with Price and Langan in their original roles and 'Theresa Wright (I)' as Miranda. 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 Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) 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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I'm in love with Gene Tierney....AND Vincent Price!
4 October 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

With "Laura" being my all-time favorite film, I simply couldn't wait to watch "Dragonwyck", a movie that reunites Gene Tierney and Vincent Price once more, this time in a genuine Gothic setting! And although not as mesmerizing as "Laura" (that's hardly possible), this is an enchanting and sophisticated drama/thriller with brilliant dialogues and filming locations that look like beautiful postcard-images. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's screenplay contains few surprises, but the intrigue and mystery is professionally upheld thanks to the solid acting performances and the nearly flawless recreation of the 1840's life-styles. "Dragonwyck" tells the story of a beautiful farmer's daughter Miranda who leaves her Conneticut home to go and live with wealthy landlord (and very distant relative) Nicolas Van Ryan. He treats her as a princes, but Van Ryan is a man with two faces and, soon after their sudden marriage, Miranda experiences that her husband is an ill-natured, egoistic and mad tyrant. Nicolas can't accept that the farmers working on his estate stand up for themselves and he works off his hatred on poor Miranda. Gene Tierney and Vincent Price are a terrific classy movie-couple (as charismatic as Humprey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in my humble opinion) and their performances alone make "Dragonwyck" a must-see. Tierney is simply adorable and Price, still in an early phase of his great career, looks naturally evil and frightening. Director/scriptwriter Mankiewicz is mostly famous for "All About Eve", but I can't help loving "Dragonwyck" a whole lot more. Beautiful film, highly recommended!


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