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Years before he became the leading star in horror movies, Vincent Price starred in this gothic thriller based on the best-selling novel by Anya Seton. Nicholas Van Ryn (Vincent Price) is a wealthy feudal heir of Dutch ancestry living in New York's Hudson Valley in the 1840s. Nicholas has come to hate his wife because she has been unable to give him a son; their only child is a daughter he doesn't care for. Miranda Wells (Gene Tierney), a distant relative of the Van Ryns, comes to live at their estate and work as an au pair girl; Nicholas becomes infatuated with her and eventually poisons his wife so they can marry. However, while Miranda gives birth to a son, the boy is sickly and does not live to adulthood. Nicholas begins to slip into insanity, moving to the attic of his mansion and drowning his sorrows in drugs. A distraught Miranda seeks the counsel of the local physician, Dr. Jeff Turner (Glenn Langan); Dr. Turner falls in love with Miranda, and he eventually discovers that Nicholas killed his first wife to be with her, and that Miranda might be next on the madman's list. Dragonwyck was the directorial debut of screenwriter and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz.


Vincent Price
as Nicholas Van Ryn
Gene Tierney
as Miranda Wells
Walter Huston
as Ephraim Wells
Glenn Langan
as Dr. Turner
Anne Revere
as Abigail Wells
Connie Marshall
as Katrina Van Ryn
Harry Morgan
as Bleecker
Vivienne Osborne
as Johanna Van Ryn
Jessica Tandy
as Peggy O'Malley
Trudy Marshall
as Elizabeth Van Borden
Reinhold Schünzel
as Count De Grenier
Jane Nigh
as Tabitha
Ruth Ford
as Cornelia Van Borden
Scott Elliott
as Tom Wells
Boyd Irwin
as Tompkins
Maya Van Horn
as Countess De Grenier
Keith Hitchcock
as Mr. McNab
Francis Pierlot
as Dr. Brown
Al Winters
as Servant
Larry Steers
as Servant
Wally Dean
as Servant
Tom Martin
as Servant
Edwin Davis
as Black Boy Dancers on Boat Deck
Shelby Bacon
as Black Boy Dancers on Boat Deck
John Chollot
as French Count
Nanette Vallon
as French Countess
Mickey Roth
as Nathaniel
Tom Fadden
as Farmer
Betty Fairfax
as Mrs. MacNab
Grady Sutton
as Hotel Clerk
Michael Garrison
as Zack Wilson
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  • Jul 19, 2015
    Vincent Price is the very definition of a star in this interesting tale from turn of the century New York. Gene Tierney is a adventurous farmer's daughter aching to see beyond the protective wings of hard-as-nails Dad (Walter Huston in perfect casting) as so is receptive when a distant cousin (Price) asks for a governess for his daughter. Price is wealthy, entitled, and uber-aware of that, letting everybody know, but stymied by the reality of no heir and so he eyes Tierney as a vehicle to solve his problem. Watching him chew scenery with wry if wanton abandon is the reason to see this.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    This is one of my all time favourite movies! I know some people don't think it's that great, but personally I love it. I read the book afterward, it's even better than the film, but the movie's got Vincent Price, so I watch it over and over again. If you're a fan of his, you need to see his performance in this movie.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2010
    overwrought gothic worth it for vincent price's fun performance as the aristocratic and megalomaniacal master. can u say ott?
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jul 10, 2009
    An extremely derivative (very much a poor man's Jane Eyre) and particularly over-ripe, gothic melodrama that has been around a little too long and is beginning to smell rather too pungently for it's own good. Tierney and a steller cast of great character actors (Walter Huston, Anne Revere, Jessica Tandy, Harry Morgan, Spring Byington and Price at his hammyest) are all wasted and/or shuffle about looking suitably bored and glumly spouting ludicrous dialoguel. Hard going but it does have it's moments. I've always wondered as well, WHAT happens to the child?? And why is it that no-one seems to know or care what happens to her??
    William S Super Reviewer

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