The House of the Seven Gables (1940) - Rotten Tomatoes

The House of the Seven Gables (1940)




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This fine adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale about a cursed family opens with a title card that reveals how the Pyncheon family stole, cheated, lied, and murdered their way to wealth. But within the hearts of the family's bloodline lay fear of the curse of Matthew Maule, a man they crossed many years earlier. Jumping to the year 1828, upstart judge Jaffrey Pyncheon (George Sanders) is called to his family's beloved seven-gabled house where he is told by his father (Gilbert Emery) and brother Clifford (Vincent Price) that the home is to be sold in order to pay their debts. A bitter, loathsome man who deeply believes in Maule's curse -- and the legend that gold is hidden in the house -- Jaffrey takes the opportunity of his father's death to accuse the innocent Clifford of murdering their patriarch. Clifford is sentenced to life in prison, but in a bizarre quirk of legal fate, the house is left in the care of Clifford's lively fiancée Hepzibah (Margaret Lindsay), who immediately boots out the hateful Jaffrey. The passage of 20 years leaves the house in shambles and Hepzibah a bitter spinster. The arrival of two people -- Hepzibah's pretty young cousin Phoebe (Nan Grey) and a mysterious boarder named Matthew Holgrave (Dick Foran) -- spark Hepzibah into opening the old house as a business. Clifford is finally released from prison and returns home for a touching reunion, but after a serious a strange reports about him leak out, Jaffrey plots to have his brother committed. However, Clifford has some plans for his evil brother and a plan to end the family's curse.

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Vincent Price
as Clifford Pyncheon
Margaret Lindsay
as Hepzibah Pyncheon
George Sanders
as Jeffrey Pyncheon
Nan Grey
as Phoebe Pyncheon
Dick Foran
as Matthew Holgrave
Cecil Kellaway
as Philip Barton
Gilbert Emery
as Gerald Pyncheon
Miles Mander
as Deacon Foster
Harry Woods
as Wainwright
Margaret Fealy
as Town Gossip
Caroline Cooke
as Town Gossip
Martin Faust
as Town Gossip
Murdock MacQuarrie
as Town Gossip
Hugh Sothern
as Rev. Smith
Mira McKinney
as Mrs. Reynold
Harry Stubbs
as Printer
Harry Cording
as Blacksmith
Colin Kenny
as Foreman
Etta McDaniel
as Black Woman
Nelson McDowell
as Courtroom Spectator
Ed Brady
as Man with Blacksmith
Leigh De Lacy
as Laundress
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Critic Reviews for The House of the Seven Gables

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

"The House of the Seven Gables" offers dreary and slightly stale fare.

March 25, 2006 | Full Review…

The results are a good, if far from great, little film.

April 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Manages to be a high-class movie, yet unafraid to wallow in the lower depths of human foibles.

April 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review… old-fashioned studio picture that skillfully uses the conventions of Hollywood continuity filmmaking to tell an entertaining story...

April 23, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale about a cursed family.

February 10, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The House of the Seven Gables


If you've seen a lot of Price's movies you will notice that a scene from this movie is played out in his later movie Tales of Terror. With this film you get the whole story. I loved it, it's a great story.

Aj V
Aj V

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