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This fine adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale about a cursed family opens with a title card that reveals how the Pyncheon family stole, cheated, lied, and murdered their way to wealth. But within the hearts of the family's bloodline lay fear of the curse of Matthew Maule, a man they crossed many years earlier. Jumping to the year 1828, upstart judge Jaffrey Pyncheon (George Sanders) is called to his family's beloved seven-gabled house where he is told by his father (Gilbert Emery) and brother Clifford (Vincent Price) that the home is to be sold in order to pay their debts. A bitter, loathsome man who deeply believes in Maule's curse -- and the legend that gold is hidden in the house -- Jaffrey takes the opportunity of his father's death to accuse the innocent Clifford of murdering their patriarch. Clifford is sentenced to life in prison, but in a bizarre quirk of legal fate, the house is left in the care of Clifford's lively fiancée Hepzibah (Margaret Lindsay), who immediately boots out the hateful Jaffrey. The passage of 20 years leaves the house in shambles and Hepzibah a bitter spinster. The arrival of two people -- Hepzibah's pretty young cousin Phoebe (Nan Grey) and a mysterious boarder named Matthew Holgrave (Dick Foran) -- spark Hepzibah into opening the old house as a business. Clifford is finally released from prison and returns home for a touching reunion, but after a serious a strange reports about him leak out, Jaffrey plots to have his brother committed. However, Clifford has some plans for his evil brother and a plan to end the family's curse. ~ Patrick Legare, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Frank Skinner Best Original Score 1940 Nominee

Cast

George Sanders
as Jeffrey Pyncheon
Margaret Lindsay
as Hepzibah Pyncheon
Vincent Price
as Clifford Pyncheon
Nan Grey
as Phoebe Pyncheon
Dick Foran
as Matthew Holgrave
Cecil Kellaway
as Philip Barton
Alan Napier
as Fuller
Gilbert Emery
as Gerald Pyncheon
Miles Mander
as Deacon Foster
Charles Trowbridge
as Judge
Ed Brady
as Man with Blacksmith
Caroline Cooke
Harry Cording
as Blacksmith
Kernan Cripps
as Workman
Colin Kenny
as Foreman
Murdock MacQuarrie
as Town Gossip
Etta McDaniel
as Black Woman
Nelson McDowell
as Courtroom Spectator
Mira McKinney
as Mrs. Reynold
Russell Powell
as Grocer
Hugh Sothern
as Rev. Smith
Harry Stubbs
as Printer
Claire Whitney
as Woman
Harry Woods
as Wainwright
Edgar Norton
as Phineas Weed
Harry Stubbs
as Printer
Colin Kenny
as Foreman
Hugh Sothern
as Rev. Smith
Harry Woods
as Wainwright
Claire Whitney
as Woman
Russell Powell
as Grocer
Etta McDaniel
as Black Woman
Mira McKinney
as Mrs. Reynold
Kernan Cripps
as Workman
Nelson McDowell
as Courtroom Spectator
Ed Brady
as Man with Blacksmith
Murdock MacQuarrie
as Town Gossip
Harry Cording
as Blacksmith

Crew

Joe May
Director
Burt Kelly
Producer
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Book Author
Lester Cole
Screenwriter
Milton Krasner
Cinematographer
Charles Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Skinner
Composer (Music Score)
Frank Gross
Editor
Jack Otterson
Art Director
Vera West
Costume Designer
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