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The Heiress

The Heiress

Director: William Wyler Cast: Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift
, Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
, Miriam Hopkins
Miriam Hopkins
William Wyler
The Heiress

The Heiress

Director: William Wyler Cast: Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
, Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift
, Ralph Richardson
Ralph Richardson
, Miriam Hopkins
Miriam Hopkins
William Wyler

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Henry James based his 1881 novella Washington Square on a real-life incident, wherein a young actor of his acquaintance married an unattractive but very wealthy young woman for the express purpose of living the rest of his life in luxury. Washington Square was turned into a stage play in 1946 by Ruth and Augustus Goetz; this, in turn was adapted for the movies under the title The Heiress. Olivia DeHavilland won an Academy Award (her second) for her portrayal of Catherine Sloper, the plain-Jane daughter of wealthy widower Dr. Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson). Catherine is not only unattractive, but lacks most of the social graces, thanks in great part to the domineering attitudes of her father. When Catherine falls in love with handsome young Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), she is convinced that her love is reciprocated, else why would Morris be so affectionate towards her? Dr. Sloper sees things differently, correctly perceiving that Morris is a callow fortune hunter. Standing up to her father for the first time in her life, Catherine insists that she will elope with Morris; but when Dr. Sloper threatens to cut off her dowry, Morris disappears. Still, Catherine threatens to run off with the next young man who pays any attention to her; Sloper, belatedly realizing how much he has hurt his only child, arranges to leave her his entire fortune. Years pass: Morris returns, insisting that he'd only left because he didn't want to cause Catherine the "grief" of being disinherited. Seemingly touched by Morris' "sincerity," Catherine agrees to elope with him immediately. But when Morris arrives at the appointed hour, he finds the door locked and bolted. Asked how she can treat Morris so cruelly, Catherine replies coldly "Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters." Though The Heiress ends on a downbeat note, the audience is gratified to know that Catherine Sloper has matured from ugly-duckling loser to a tower of strength who will never allow herself to be manipulated by anyone ever again.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2019
UPC: 0715515229418
Original Release: 1949
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:55:00
Sales rank: 42,789

Special Features

New, restored 4k digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack New conversation between Screenwriter Jay Cocks and film critic Farran Smith Nehme New program about thie film's costumes featuring costume collector and historian Larry McQueen The Costume Designer, a restored 1950 short film featuring costume designer Edith Head Appearance by actor Olivia deHavilland on a 1986 episode of Paul Ryan Show Excerpts from a 1973 tribute to Director William Wyler on The Merv Griffin Show, featuring Wyler, de Havilland, and actors Bette Davis and Walter Pidgeon Wyler's acceptance speech from the American Film Institute's 1976 Salute to William Wyler Interview with actor Ralph Richardson filmed in 1981 for the documentary Directed by William Wyler Trailer Plus: An Essay by critic Pamela Hutchinson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Olivia de Havilland Catherine Sloper
Montgomery Clift Morris Townsend
Ralph Richardson Dr. Austin Sloper
Miriam Hopkins Lavinia Penniman
Vanessa Brown Maria
Mona Freeman Marian Almond
Ray Collins Jefferson Almond
Betty Linley Mrs. Montgomery
Selena Royle Elizabeth Almond
Paul Lees Arthur Townsend
Harry Antrim Mr. Abeel
Russ Conway Quintus
David Thursby Geier
Damien Cashmere Actor
Siobhan Hunter Actor
Samantha Strong Actor

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director,Producer
Charles C. Coleman Asst. Director
Aaron Copland Score Composer
Ray Evans Songwriter
Augustus Goetz Screenwriter
Ruth Goetz Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
William W. Hornbeck Editor
Harry Horner Art Director
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Emile Kuri Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Hal Lierley Makeup
Jay Livingston Songwriter
John Meehan Art Director
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Wally Westmore Makeup
Bill Woods Makeup
Robert Wyler Associate Producer
Henry James Source Author

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