The House Of The Seven Gables

Synopsis: Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.
Director(s): Joe May
Production: Universal Pictures
89 min


I'm coming.

Alright, I'm hurrying.

Oh, what a night .. what a night.

Isn't it wonderful.

You wouldn't think so if you'd

traveled 80 miles through it.

Yes I would.

Welcome home cousin Jaffrey.

Thank you. Where's my father?

He's been in the village

since early afternoon.

I kept supper warm for him.

Oh Hepzibah ..

In the three years you've been here,

haven't you learned to call it "dinner"?

No .. will you have some?

No thank you.

I'll have some tea, now Hepzibah ..

Yes Jaffrey?

What's all this confounded mystery?

What mystery?

My dear cousin, your innocence

is far too elaborate.

Why was I suddenly called home?

Summoned, like a schoolboy?

I'm sure your father will be

here very soon Jaffrey.

Yes, I'm sure he will but

answer my question: why?

I was in the midst of my

first important case.

Young lawyers don't find clients growing

on trees in Boston nowadays.

Even if they have made excellent

reputations for themselves.

[ Singing ]

So Clifford is still banging

and bellowing, eh?

You'll be proud of your brother now.

I'll forgo the pride, if only

I'm spared the noise.

Bring the tea up here Hepzibah.

Yes, cousin Jaffrey.

Well, if it isn't the pride of the

Pyncheons. Welcome home.

Good evening.

Same old chap.

Been way two years and all

you can manage is "good evening".

Well, it is evening I believe.

You know Jaffrey, you're no longer

the only success in the family.

I've sold a composition. Quite a

remarkable piece of music.

Shall I play it for you?

I'd rather know why father sent for me.

Oh he'll tell you all about that.

Just think Jaff ..

Pond & Company, the greatest music

house in the world, publishing me.

Splendid .. splendid.

My legal colleagues will

be most impressed.

My brother, a musician .. a gypsy ..

Shocking, isn't it?

Boston might think so.

Boston, that provincial outpost.

They won't see me for years .. no.

It's New York for me old fellah.

And then Europe .. come in.

Your father has returned.

Now perhaps, I might be honored

with some information.

You weren't very kind to him,

were you Clifford.

There is so little kindness in my small

heart .. I must keep it all for you.

You know, I don't think it's a good idea

to leave those two gentlemen alone ..

Any longer than is necessary.

Do be respectful.

I am.

To all that's beautiful .. to you ..

Come in .. ah ..

Good evening father.

Good evening my son.

You will forgive I hope this

abrupt summons .. sit down.

Abominable weather for travel.

It would have been less trying sir, if I

had known the necessity for my return.

Perhaps. I felt a letter

might not explain.

Jaffrey, I must make a decision.

I need your advice.

What for?

The decision has already been made.

Will somebody please tell

me what all this is about?

Gladly .. we're selling

this house tomorrow.

Selling Seven Gables?


But that's impossible .. it's fantastic!

It can't be done without my consent.

Why not?

For the past two years you and father

have been investing the family fortune.

Without my consent.

You've succeeded in bankrupting us.

That money was mine, as well as yours.

But nobody bothered to get my consent.

Jaffrey, this has been

a most trying year.

Practically everything has gone,

except the house.

I've manoeuvred desperately to keep

that from falling to the creditors.

We shall lose it anyway

if it isn't sold.

The Pyncheon tradition will not be sold.

As a student of law, Jaffrey ..

You know the bankruptcy court does not

accept family tradition as legal tender.

We can find a way out of

this momentary difficulty.

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Lester Cole

Lester Cole (June 19, 1904 – August 15, 1985) was an American screenwriter. more…

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