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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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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

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: The breeze feels wonderful against my face.
Nicholas Van Ryn: The breeze must feel wonderful indeed with a face as beautiful as yours against it.
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Connections

Featured in Le château du dragon: fantasme de l'excès (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

CREOLE LULLABY
(uncredited)
Written by Alfred Newman
Lyrics Charles Henderson
Sung by female voice off camera
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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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