Watch: Dragonwyck 1946 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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. When Johanna gets mysteriously ill and dies, Miranda returns home. But the atheistic Nick visits her family to propose to marry her. Now Miranda’s dream comes true and she gets married with him and moves to Dragonwyck. Will they live happily ever after?.
Plot: For Miranda Wells, moving to New York to live in Dragonwyck Manor with her rich cousin, Nicholas, seems like a dream. However, the situation gradually becomes nightmarish. She observes Nicholas’ troubled relationship with his tenant farmers, as well as with his daughter, to whom Miranda serves as governess. Her relationship with Nicholas intensifies after his wife dies, but his mental imbalance threatens any hope of happiness.
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I believe in myself, and I am answerable to myself! I will not live according to printed mottoes like the directions on a medicine bottle!
Dragonwyck is directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz who also adapts the screenplay from the Anya Seton novel of the same name. It stars Vincent Price, Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Glenn Langan, Anne Revere, Jessica Tandy and Spring Byington. Music is by Alfred Newman and cinematography by Arthur C. Miller.
Connecticut farm girl Miranda Wells (Tierney) is recruited by her aristocratic patroon cousin Nicholas Van Ryan (Price) to be governess to his young daughter at his Hudson Valley mansion. Originally thinking it to be a new step up in life, Miranda finds that Nicholas and the Dragonwyck mansion have dark secrets to tell.
Bluebeard and Rebecca come swirling together in this neatly constructed Gothic thriller. It has the requisite eeriness about it, the period atmosphere is strong and Price turns in a wonderfully sinister performance as the tormented Van Ryan. Narratively there’s other interests besides the core story of “mad love and dark secrets”, such as observations on faith and class structure issues, while the patroon land owner system forms a most historically interesting backdrop. PCA presence means that the spicy aspects of the story (drug use and poisoning) are sketched in grey, but we know what’s going on and film doesn’t suffer for it.
It takes a while to really get going, for the drama to take a hold, and the light dustings of the supernatural hint at what a better film it could have been. Yet this is comfortably recommended to Gothic thriller fans and fans of Price and Tierney especially. 7.5/10
Vincent Price excels in this sinister romance that has shades of Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” (1940) about it. Gene Tierney (“Miranda”) is brought up in a devoutly religious family under the auspices of the zealous “Ephraim” (Walter Huston) when she is offered the chance of a lifetime by her distant cousin “Nicholas van Ryn” (Price) to go and live in his mansion “Dragonwyck” to help care for his wife. When she dies, “Miranda” returns to her family only to be surprised when she is followed by her erstwhile host with an offer of marriage. What occurs now is a wonderfully – if, maybe a bit slowly, paced thriller as we just know – but we don’t – that there is much more to “van Ryn” than initially meets the eye. His high-handedness and superiority is writ large – not just with his new wife, but with virtually all he encounters and you can but hope that he is heading for a fall….The film’s Gothic theme is expertly captured by Arthur Miller’s photography: light, darkness and shadow play as much a part in this unfolding drama as Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ direction and adapted screenplay but ultimately the film belongs to Price; his mellifluous tones and benignly evil manner deliver a film to remember.
A great mood piece, if a bit stiff in its clichés.
A high drama, historical drama, and drama drama. And the drama part works, so that’s most of the movie. It’s a fairly stiff arrangement, however, including the purposely stiff Vincent Price, who plays a noble Dutch American (a patroon) with a fabulous estate on the Hudson. Director Mankiewicz is great at nuanced characterizations, including a zealous father played by Walter Huston. This may not be his best product, but it’s rich with details and lush textures both visually and in the narrative, and it gets more intense as the small events come to conflict by the end.
What sometimes hobbles the whole thing is the simplified tenant farmer revolt, whatever its roots. (I live near to where this is fictionally set, and there is no trace of this kind of culture at all here, just some place names, and I have a suspicion it was never this exaggerated, not in the 1800s, though perhaps in the 1600s, when the Dutch really ruled the area, then called New Netherland.) The pageantry, the great house, the storms, and the big dances, all of this is romantic Bronte territory, well done, and great atmosphere. The music by Alfred Newman and the photography by Arthur C. Miller, both great talents at their professional best, do their usual best, as well.
So what works best, beyond the overall mood, is the presence of the two women: the visiting niece of course, the star, Gene Tierney, and equally, in a subtle way, Connie Marshall, the suffering wife of the patroon. Tierney has a kind of cool reserve that works here, letting the light work on her pretty head. Eventually, the handsome doctor’s role takes on more complex importance (played by Glenn Langan), and Price has a fine end, which Price fans will greatly admire.
Anya Seton is one of the great historical fiction writers, up there with Thomas Costain. Like my favorite novel of hers, Green Darkness, Dragonwyck is a moody, atmospheric piece set in another time, and the film version (with nice help from the musical score) is quite good.
Gene Tierney plays a radiant beauty who comes to live at Dragonwyck as a companion to Van Ryn’s daughter. She soon falls under the spell of its strange master, played by Vincent Price. Young horror film fans often don’t realize that before Vincent Price entered the horror realm, he was a leading man and supporting player in some very good films. With his icy voice and snobbish demeanor, Price is a perfect Van Ryn. As Miranda, Gene Tierney is gorgeous, and needless to say, attracts the interest of not only Price, but Dr. Turner, played by handsome Glenn Langan. Given the politics of Van Ryn, it is surprising to me that Miranda drifted toward him and not to Dr. Turner, with whom she seemed to have more in common, i.e., an empathy toward her fellow man. But she is swept up in the upper class lifestyle and her own childhood dreams. Always a mistake.
There are some disturbing holes in the story. What happens to the little girl and to her maid, for instance, at the end of the film? And what is Van Ryn, dressed in his bathrobe, doing in Miranda’s room while she’s in bed? Seems odd for those times, and given Miranda’s background (the daughter of God-fearing, Bible-reading parents), it’s totally out of character for her to have let him in.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Rated Not Rated
Genre Drama, Mystery, Romance
Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Writer Anya Seton, Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Actors Gene Tierney, Walter Huston, Vincent Price
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,797 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm