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Dragonwyck

Original film poster
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Ernst Lubitsch
(uncredited)
Written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Anya Seton (novel)
Starring Gene Tierney
Walter Huston
Vincent Price
Glenn Langan
Anne Revere
Spring Byington
Harry Morgan
Jessica Tandy
Music by Alfred Newman
Cinematography Arthur C. Miller
Editing by Dorothy Spencer
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release date(s) United States 10 April 1946
Running time 103 min
Country USA
Language English

Dragonwyck is a 1946 period drama film made by Twentieth Century-Fox. It was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited) from a screenplay by Mankiewicz, based on the novel Dragonwyck by Anya Seton. The music score was by Alfred Newman and the cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.

The film stars Gene Tierney, Walter Huston and Vincent Price, with Glenn Langan, Anne Revere, Spring Byington, Harry Morgan and Jessica Tandy.

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Plot

Farmer's daughter Miranda Wells (Gene Tierney) is brought up by her strait-laced low church parents, Ephraim (Walter Huston) and Abigail (Anne Revere), dreaming of her rich distant cousin, Nicholas Van Ryn (Vincent Price) and his immense gothic house, Dragonwyck Manor. In 1844 she is invited by her dark, autocratic and charming atheistic cousin, to live in his mansion as companion to his daughter. Arriving in high hopes, Miranda finds the Van Ryns a bit strange. The parents barely know daughter Katrine; Nicholas faces a revolt of his tenant farmers; the servants hint darkly of curses and visitations. As she watches the dark secrets of the house unfold, she becomes more aware of selfishness, desire, and insanity while becoming more involved with Nicholas. The closer Miranda grows to the community and the Van Ryns, the more she wishes she had never come to Dragonwyck. How or why does Nicholas's wife, Johanna die? Can Dr. Jeff Turner help Miranda? And what does Nicholas really do up in his tower room?

Production notes

  • Gregory Peck was the first choice for Nicholas Van Ryn. Ernst Lubitsch was to direct, but became ill, pre-production was delayed, and Peck dropped out.

Adaptations to Other Media

Dragonwyck was adapted as an hour-long radio play on the October 7, 1946 broadcast of Lux Radio Theater, starring Vincent Price and Gene Tierney. It was also dramatized as a half-hour radio play on the January 20, 1947 broadcast of The Screen Guild Theater, starring Vincent Price and Teresa Wright.

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