Historic Duluth mansion is backdrop for new 'Hitchcockian' thriller


The Glensheen Mansion is getting the Hollywood treatment for the first time in over 40 years.

The historic home, completed by the Congdon family in 1908, is perched on the shore of Lake Superior and is the backdrop of a new "Hitchcockian" psychological thriller from Minnesota native Lori Leahy's production company Strike AccordNorthland's NewsCenter reports.

"One of the characters in this film is a giant estate, a beautiful mansion. It's kind of the reason the movie happens," Lori Leahy's husband, producer Michael Leahy, told the news station. "It's the backdrop for this intrigue that happens over the couple days."

The film, titled "Forgotten," stars Clint Eastwood's daughter, Francesca, the Glensheen Mansion's Facebook page says. Francesca Eastwood plays a character described as "a Hitchcock blonde" in the story about an abandoned young heiress who finds her way back into her "duplicitous mother's arms," the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The small film was shot in about three weeks, with the last two days spent at the mansion, the newspaper notes.

The mansion was used for the majority of the outdoor shots, while numerous scenes were also shot at the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, WDIO reports.

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This is the first film to be shot at the historic estate since "You'll Like My Mother" in 1972, reports note.

"We are delighted to be here because it just totally makes our movie. You can feel the ghosts here and you can feel that this place has a past. That's really what we wanted to invoke with the film," said the film's director Joel Soisson told FOX 21.

Since the 1977 murders of heiress Elisabeth Congdon and her night nurse at the mansion, the mansion's owner, the University of Minnesota Duluth, has turned down requests from filmmakers to recreate the story.

The university has committed itself to telling the legacy of the Congdon family, instead of the grisly murders that happened decades ago, the Duluth News Tribune notes.

The newspaper says this story seemed different enough, so it allowed the film, which is expected to be released this fall.

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40 years after filming, movie finally screens at Duluth's Glensheen mansion

The historic Glensheen mansion at the Congdon estate in Duluth had a special bonus for 75 visitors Wednesday: a first-time screening at the mansion of the movie "You'll Like My Mother." Starring Patty Duke as a pregnant war widow who travels to Northern Minnesota to meet her mother-in-law, the movie was shot at Glensheen in the winter of 1972. Visitors also had a chance to see various props from the movie.