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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:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

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 for Screen Guild with Price and Langan in their original roles and Teresa Wright 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: You know Ma once said. She felt she shouldnt of let me come to Dragonwyck. That she was afraid. That you couldn't marry a dream she said...
Miranda Wells: Do you dream much Jeff?
Dr. Jeff Turner: Sometimes.
Miranda Wells: Some dreams are very real I guess. So real they get confused with reality. And then when you wake up, and look around. You find yourself say yourself saying "What am I doing here?".
Miranda Wells: How did I get here. What is this to do with what I am and what I want? Then I guess you make up your mind you've had a nightmare. And you go ...
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Connections

Referenced in Vincent Price: Renaissance Man (2007) 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 RosabelSee 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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