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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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Secret thoughts... That led to secret love... That led to rapture and terror! See more »


Certificate:

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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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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

Vincent Price lost 30lbs. for the film. See more »

Goofs

Katrine (the Van Ryn child) disappears about half way thru the story, with no explanation, and is never seen nor heard of again. See more »

Quotes

Johanna Van Ryn: You can't imagine what it's like to be sick in this miserable, drab house.
Nicholas Van Ryn: I can't imagine that Dragonwyck could be either miserable or drab except to those who reflect misery or drabness within themselves.
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Connections

Referenced in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

CREOLE LULLABY
(uncredited)
Written by Alfred Newman
Lyrics Charles Henderson
Sung by female voice off camera
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moody film
27 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Anya Seton is one of the great historical fiction writers, up there with Thomas Costain. Like my favorite novel of hers, Green Darkness, Dragonwyck is a moody, atmospheric piece set in another time, and the film version (with nice help from the musical score) is quite good.

Gene Tierney plays a radiant beauty who comes to live at Dragonwyck as a companion to Van Ryn's daughter. She soon falls under the spell of its strange master, played by Vincent Price. Young horror film fans often don't realize that before Vincent Price entered the horror realm, he was a leading man and supporting player in some very good films. With his icy voice and snobbish demeanor, Price is a perfect Van Ryn. As Miranda, Gene Tierney is gorgeous, and needless to say, attracts the interest of not only Price, but Dr. Turner, played by handsome Glenn Langan. Given the politics of Van Ryn, it is surprising to me that Miranda drifted toward him and not to Dr. Turner, with whom she seemed to have more in common, i.e., an empathy toward her fellow man. But she is swept up in the upper class lifestyle and her own childhood dreams. Always a mistake.

There are some disturbing holes in the story. What happens to the little girl and to her maid, for instance, at the end of the film? And what is Van Ryn, dressed in his bathrobe, doing in Miranda's room while she's in bed? Seems odd for those times, and given Miranda's background (the daughter of God-fearing, Bible-reading parents), it's totally out of character for her to have let him in.


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