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Some sources list the film's title as The House of Seven Gables. Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, on which the film was based, was loosely inspired by the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, known popularly as The House of the Seven Gables because of its multi-gabled roof. The house, which was built in Salem, MA in the late 1600s, changed ownership and was expanded over the course of the next three centuries. It became an historic monument and remains a popular Salem tourist attraction.
According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Robert Cummings was originally cast as Clifford Pyncheon, but was forced to give up the role because of illness. Frank Skinner received an Academy Award nomination in the Music (Original Score) category. An earlier adaptation of Hawthorne's novel, also entitled The House of the Seven Gables, was filmed in 1910. The 1963 horror film Twice Told Tales (see below) incorporated the story as one of three Hawthorne stories used as the basis for the picture. Vincent Price portrayed "Gerald Pyncheon" in the 1963 film.