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Dragonwyck (1946)

Approved | | 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 »


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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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Budget:

$1,900,000 (estimated)
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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

Last film in the long career of Vivienne Osborne. 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

Abigail Wells: [talking about Miranda] Sometimes when a woman's unhappy, she just can't talk about it, Ephraim.
Ephraim Wells: Are you gonna tell me it's a man? What man I'd like to know? She's given frostbite to every mother's son in the country.
Abigail Wells: Perhaps the right man hasn't come along.
Ephraim Wells: No, she won't find find him with her nose in the air, wanting what she can't get! A woman oughta get a man first and then want him!
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Referenced in All About Mankiewicz (1983) 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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I'm in love with Gene Tierney....AND Vincent Price!
4 October 2005 | by CoventrySee 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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