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"Dragonwyck" A Great Pre-Horror Vincent Price Movie - Review

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I truly enjoyed this costume drama with Vincent Price and Gene Tierney! Let me know if you've seen it or what your thoughts are on it. My review is below. I apologize for the sound quality, I recorded with the wrong mic :( My next review will be "Portrait of Jennie," which is another romance movie that I enjoyed. 

 

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Interesting that you consider DRAGONWYCK a romance film. 

 

It airs infrequently on TCM.

 

The production code gets in the way of the telling of this story. I think it would have been better if we had slightly more explicit images of the drug addiction experienced by Price's character. As it is now, we have to make a lot of assumptions to understand why he behaves as he does. 

 

I felt Spring Byington was the best thing in this movie. She steals every scene she's in with her portrayal of Magda.

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I would have preferred to put the movie in a "period drama" category but the categories are a bit limited on this website. Romance was the closest thing haha. She was great as the house maid! It's too bad she was not in more scenes. I felt the same way for Price's daughter in it. Considering it was the 40s, I doubt they were willing to show an explicit drug addiction scene. Call me old fashioned, but that's one of the reasons I like classics. They don't have to show too much to get the point across that he is a drug addict. Thanks for the reply, hope you liked the video!

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I would have preferred to put the movie in a "period drama" category but the categories are a bit limited on this website. Romance was the closest thing haha. She was great as the house maid! It's too bad she was not in more scenes. I felt the same way for Price's daughter in it. Considering it was the 40s, I doubt they were willing to show an explicit drug addiction scene. Call me old fashioned, but that's one of the reasons I like classics. They don't have to show too much to get the point across that he is a drug addict. Thanks for the reply, hope you liked the video!

Sure..and thanks for sharing your video reviews.

 

Did you know that Gregory Peck was the original choice for Price's role in DRAGONWYCK? I can't see Peck pulling it off as well as Price.

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Haha yes I did! I mentioned it briefly in my video review, and I had the same exact feeling. Peck doesn't feel right for this part at all. If you're enjoying my reviews so far, you can subscribe to me on YouTube to always see when they come out. I'm about to put my recent review on "Portrait of Jennie" here on the forum. I will put it here in the "Romance" section as well. 

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I'm about to put my recent review on "Portrait of Jennie" here on the forum. I will put it here in the "Romance" section as well. 

Cool. I will check it out!

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IanPatrickMovieReviews--I'll echo TopBilled--Interesting you put Dragonwyck (1946) in the Romance Forum--my choice would have been mystery or suspense.  Especially with all the "hints" of drug addiction that are dropped on the audience (I watched a 6 minute clip to refresh my memory after your review)--& there are hints aplenty dropped on the viewer's head, as well as a 18th (17th?) century insult (Poltroon--means "coward" according to Google)--the meanings All must have sailed over the Production Code's clueless censors.

 

Props on your admitting sound troubles on this review--good job.

 

One problem--You came perilously close to giving away too much of the plot for my liking.

 

I know Gene Tierney was not the finest actress in the world--but she was good in "Whirlpool" (1949), Night and the City (1950) & "The Egyptian" (1954), plus several others.

 

The smoking jacket was a fine touch. :)

 

 

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IanPatrickMovieReviews--I'll echo TopBilled--Interesting you put Dragonwyck (1946) in the Romance Forum--my choice would have been mystery or suspense.  Especially with all the "hints" of drug addiction that are dropped on the audience (I watched a 6 minute clip to refresh my memory after your review)--& there are hints aplenty dropped on the viewer's head, as well as a 18th (17th?) century insult (Poltroon--means "coward" according to Google)--the meanings All must have sailed over the Production Code's clueless censors.

 

Props on your admitting sound troubles on this review--good job.

 

One problem--You came perilously close to giving away too much of the plot for my liking.

 

I know Gene Tierney was not the finest actress in the world--but she was good in "Whirlpool" (1949), Night and the City (1950) & "The Egyptian" (1954), plus several others.

 

The smoking jacket was a fine touch. :)

I'm going to think of a way to give "spoiler alerts" in my reviews for people that have not seen the movies. I try not to give too much away, but when I'm reviewing, there are certain scenes that I definitely want to discuss. Also, I mentioned to TopBilled that there is no "suspense" or even "drama" genre forum on TCM...I had to choose the closest thing to the movie so I chose "Romance" because there was definitely an element of that in it. Thanks for the tips!

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A few nights ago I watched MOSS ROSE, made in 1947 by 20th Century Fox. It's a Victorian gothic mystery and features Vincent Price in a supporting role. The atmosphere reminded me a lot of DRAGONWYCK.

 

The darker elements are balanced out by the love story between the characters played by Victor Mature and Peggy Cummins.

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