The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

89m, 7972 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Joe May.

Plot Summary

In 1828, members of the bankrupt Pyncheon family fight over the ancestral home, Seven Gables. Jaffrey Pyncheon frames his brother Clifford's for murder and Hepzibah, Clifford's fiancée, waits twenty years for him to be released. But while away, Clifford and his cellmate, abolitionist Matthew, have been plotting the perfect revenge.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Joe May
Copyright MCMXL [1940] by Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Universal presents
Associate Producer: Burt Kelly
Screen Play: Lester Cole
Adaptation: Harold Greene
Based on the novel by: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Assistant Director: Phil Karlson *
Dialogue Director: Lester Cole
Director of Photography: Milton Krasner
Film Editor: Frank Gross
Musical Score: Frank Skinner
Musical Director: Charles Previn
Song: “The Color of Your Eyes” music: Frank Skinner, lyrics: Ralph Freed
Performed by: Vincent Price *
Sound Supervisor: Bernard B. Brown
Technician: William Hedgcock
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Gowns: Vera West
Art Director: Jack Otterson
Associate: Richard H. Riedel
Set Decorations: R.A. Gausman [real name: Russell A. Gausman]

George Sanders (Jaffrey Pyncheon)
Margaret Lindsay (Hepzibah Pyncheon)
Vincent Price (Clifford Pyncheon)
Dick Foran (Matthew Holgrave)
Nan Grey (Phoebe Pyncheon)
Cecil Kellaway (Philip Barton)
Alan Napier (Fuller)
Gilbert Emery (Gerald Pyncheon)
Miles Mander (Deacon Arnold Foster)
Charles Trowbridge (judge)
Edward Brady [man with blacksmith] *
Hal Budlong [driver] *
Caroline Cooke, Jane Loofbourrow, Murdock MacQuarrie, Martin Faust, Margaret Fealy [town gossips] *
Harry Cording [Blacksmith Hawkins] *
Kernan Cripps [workman] *
Leigh De Lacey [Abigail] *
Robert Dudley [jury foreman] *
Sibyl Harris [Mrs Foster] *
Ellis Irving [man drinking from cup] *
P.J. Kelly [man with rake] *
Colin Kenny [foreman] *
Michael Mark [man reading Tribune] *
Nelson McDowell [coroner in courtroom] *
Mira McKinney [Mrs Reynolds] *
Edgar Norton [Phineas Weed] *
Russ Powell [grocer/juror] *
Jack C. Smith [prison guard] *
Hugh Sothern [Reverend Garrison Smith] *
Harry Stubbs [printer] *
Claire Whitney [witness] *
Harry Woods [Mr Wainwright] *

Alternative Titles

La casa dei sette camini – Italy
Förbannelsens hus – Sweden
Siete torres – Spain

Remake of
The House of the Seven Gables (1910)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.44
  • Kinematograph Weekly no.1727 (23 May 1940)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.7 no.78 (June 1940) p.91
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.138 no.10 (9 March 1940)
  • Today's Cinema vol.54 no.4418 (22 May 1940)


  • The Films of Vincent Price by Iain F. McAsh pp.7; 37
  • Merchant of Menace: The Life and Films of Vincent Price by Denis Meikle pp.24-25; 350-351
  • by Walt Lee p.204 – credits
  • Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Films 1931-1946 (2nd edition) by Tom Weaver, Michael Brunas and John Brunas pp.223-229 – illustrated credits, article, review
  • Vincent Price: The Art of Fear by Denis Meikle pp.19-20; 218
  • Vincent Price Unmasked by James Robert Parish and Steven Whitney pp.49; 155-156