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Dragonwyck (1946)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller, Mystery | 19 April 1946 (USA)
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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Anya Seton (novel), Joseph L. Mankiewicz (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Tierney ... Miranda Wells
Walter Huston ... Ephraim Wells
Vincent Price ... Nicholas Van Ryn
Glenn Langan ... Dr. Jeff Turner
Anne Revere ... Abigail Wells
Spring Byington ... Magda
Connie Marshall ... Katrine Van Ryn
Harry Morgan ... Klaas Bleecker (as Henry Morgan)
Vivienne Osborne ... Johanna Van Ryn
Jessica Tandy ... Peggy O'Malley
Trudy Marshall ... Elizabeth Van Borden
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Storyline

In 1844, the Wells family lives in a small farm of their own in Greenwich, Connecticut and the sons and daughters have a rigid discipline and religious education from the patriarch Ephraim Wells. When his wife Abigail Wells receives a letter from her wealthy distant cousin Nicholas "Nick" Van Ryn inviting one of her daughters to live with his wife Johanna Van Ryn and him nursing their daughter Katrine Van Ryn, the naive Miranda Wells gets excited with the perspective of traveling. Her mother convinces Ephraim to let her go and Miranda travels with her father to New York. They meet Nick and they learn that he is a patroon of farmers at the Hudson Valley. Then Miranda travels to the Dragonwyck mansion where she is introduced to the voracious Johanna and the sweet Katrine and to the housekeeper Magda. Miranda also meets Dr. Jeff Turner, who is a sort of leader of the farmers that work for Nicholas, in a party and befriends him. Soon she notes that Katrine is neglected by her parents. ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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DANGEROUSLY She dared to LOVE! (original ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El castillo de Dragonwyck See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,434
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 Nicholas begin to dance, they spin in a counter-clockwise direction. As they come through the doorway they are now turning in a clockwise direction. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Miranda Wells: Greenwich isn't too far after all. Perhaps you'll be passing through some time Jeff?
Dr. Jeff Turner: Would next week be too soon?
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror VII (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Halls
(uncredited)
from "The Bohemian Girl"
Music by Michael William Balfe and lyrics by Alfred Bunn
Performed by Gene Tierney and Vincent Price
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Ghostly music is wonderful
21 August 2001 | by florence1974See 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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