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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Gene Tierney
as Miranda Wells
Walter Huston
as Ephraim Wells
Spring Byington
as Magda
Vincent Price
as Nicholas Van Ryn
Ruth Ford
as Cornelia Van Borden
Glenn Langan
as Dr. Jeff Turner
Anne Revere
as Abigail Wells
Keith Hitchcock
as Mr. MacNabb
Jessica Tandy
as Peggy O'Malley
Boyd Irwin
as Tompkins
Trudy Marshall
as Elizabeth Van Borden
Jane Nigh
as Tabitha Wells
Vivienne Osborne
as Johanna Van Ryn
Francis Pierlot
as Dr. Brown
Reinhold Schünzel
as Count De Grenier
Maya Van Horn
as Countess De Grenier
Shelby Bacon
as Black Boy Dancers on Boat Deck
George Ford
Robert Malcolm
Mickey Roth
as Nathaniel
Larry Steers
Nanette Vallon
as French Countess
Gertrude Astor
as Nurse
Arthur Aylesworth
as Farmer
Trevor Bardette
as Farmer
Clancy Cooper
as Farmer
Tom Fadden
as Farmer
Addison Richards
as Farmer
Grady Sutton
as Astor House clerk
Douglas Wood
as Mayor
Shelby Bacon
as Black Boy Dancers on Boat Deck
Tom Fadden
as Farmer
Mickey Roth
as Nathaniel
Grady Sutton
as Astor House clerk
Addison Richards
as Farmer
Nanette Vallon
as French Countess
Trevor Bardette
as Farmer
Clancy Cooper
as Farmer
Arthur Aylesworth
as Farmer
Gertrude Astor
as Nurse

Crew

Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Director
Darryl F. Zanuck
Producer
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenwriter
Anya Seton
Book Author
Arthur C. Miller
Cinematographer
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Dorothy Spencer
Editor
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
Rene Hubert
Costume Designer
Roger Heman
Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Sersen
Special Effects
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