February 15, 2009

...Dragonwyck (1946)

Gene Tierney doesn't so much as emote in Dragonwyck as rest her performance on those famous cheekbones. Fortunately, she gets excellent support from an eerily, young Vincent Price and an amazingly sinister Spring Byington(!?) in this middling tale of a second wife in a huge mansion home (a la Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca). But when Byington inexplicably disappears halfway through the movie (along with another character), the plot takes a U-turn allowing Price to turn up the heat on the creep.

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