Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s directorial debut Dragonwyck is a Gothic mystery set in a prototypical gloomy mansion. Vincent Price resents his wife because she has only given him a daughter and no son. Her lovely cousin Gene Tierney comes to help take care of the wife and the daughter, and Price falls in love with her. He murders his wife and then proposes to the unsuspecting girl. She accepts, and a son is soon born and quickly dies. The local doctor discovers the truth about Price just as he is about to kill again.
Mankiewicz was a top-flight producer for 10 years before assuming directorial responsibilities on Dragonwyck, he was filling in for an ailing Ernst Lubitsch.
Cast: Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, Glenn Langan, Walter Huston, Anne Revere, Spring Byington, Henry Morgan, Jessica Tandy
Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Director of Photography: Arthur Miller
Editor: Dorothy Spencer
Composer: Alfred Newman
Screenwriters: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Anya Seton based on Seton’s novel
Art Directors: J. Russell Spencer, Lyle Wheeler
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 103 minutes / 1946