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The House of the Seven Gables

Released Apr 12, 1940 1h 29m Drama List
80% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 78% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Clifford Pyncheon's (Vincent Price) father, Gerald (Gilbert Emery), decides that in his dying days, the family's mansion must be sold to clear their debts. Gerald also believes it will remove the family of a curse -- a result of their many misdeeds over the years that allowed their once-prominent lifestyle. However, Gerald's other son, Jaffrey (George Sanders), has different ideas as to what should be done with the property, and frames Clifford for murder in an attempt to keep the mansion. Read More Read Less
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B.R. Crisler New York Times "The House of the Seven Gables" offers dreary and slightly stale fare. Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) The results are a good, if far from great, little film. Rated: 4/5 Apr 16, 2020 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Manages to be a high-class movie, yet unafraid to wallow in the lower depths of human foibles. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 27, 2019 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl ...an old-fashioned studio picture that skillfully uses the conventions of Hollywood continuity filmmaking to tell an entertaining story... Rated: 6/10 Apr 24, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale about a cursed family. Rated: B- Feb 10, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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S R It was a unique gothic film for its day that intrigued me after the first 15 minutes. Despite its melodrama, it still entertains. Saw on TCM. I want to visit the actual house! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 11/17/23 Full Review paul h Early Vincent Price effort and one of his BEST! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the best Hawthorne adaptations. A classic, no doubt. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member While interesting to see George Sanders and Vincent Price in early roles, the rest of the cast was just ok. The film was slow and I couldn't get into it. I found I didn't care about the characters enough to follow closely. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale about a cursed family. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A curse is a curse, of course of course--An exceptional "little" movie!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Clifford Pyncheon's (Vincent Price) father, Gerald (Gilbert Emery), decides that in his dying days, the family's mansion must be sold to clear their debts. Gerald also believes it will remove the family of a curse -- a result of their many misdeeds over the years that allowed their once-prominent lifestyle. However, Gerald's other son, Jaffrey (George Sanders), has different ideas as to what should be done with the property, and frames Clifford for murder in an attempt to keep the mansion.
Director
Joe May
Producer
Burt Kelly
Screenwriter
Lester Cole
Distributor
Universal Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 12, 1940, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 12, 2014
Runtime
1h 29m
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