The Heiress Movie Review 1949

Information and Film Reviews for The Heiress the Movie

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Based on the Henry James novel "Washington Square." Catherine (de Havilland) is the plain, awkward daughter of wealthy widowed doctor Austin Sloper (Richardson), who is a belittling tyrant to his only child. Catherine has no suitors until handsome, fortune-seeking Morris Townsend (Clift) approaches her. Naturally, Dr. Sloper dismisses his interest and warns that his daughter will only end up with a broken heart. No happy endings here but the performances are superb. Remade as "Washington Square" in 1997.


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Available on VHS
Running time 115 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Romantic Drama, Bad Dads, Period Piece: 19th Century, Books to Film: Henry James
Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz
Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Vanessa Brown, Mona Freeman, Ray Collins, Selena Royle
Leo Tover
William Wyler
Aaron Copland
William Wyler, Paramount Pictures


Oscars 1949: Actress (de Havilland), Art Dir./Set Dec., B&W, Costume Des. (B&W), Orig. Dramatic Score; Golden Globes 1950: Actress--Drama (de Havilland); Natl. Bd. of Review 1949: Actor (Richardson), Natl. Film Reg. 1996;; N.Y. Film Critics 1949: Actress (de Havilland).

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