The Heiress (1949) – Theatrical Trailer – © Paramount Pictures

March 18th, 2012

Film: The Heiress. Starring: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins and Ray Collins. Directed by: William Wyler. Story written by: Henry James “Washington Square” (novel) Screenplay & Dialogues written by: Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz. Distributed by: © Paramount Pictures. Theatrical Release Date: 6 October 1949 (USA) Niceties by: Synopsis! “The Heiress” is a 1949 drama film by Ruth and Augustus Goetz adapted from their 1947 play of the same title that was based on the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James. The film was directed by William Wyler with Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper, Montgomery Clift as Morris Townsend, and Ralph Richardson as Dr. Sloper. Plot! Catherine Sloper is a plain, painfully shy woman whose emotionally detached father makes no secret of his disappointment in her. When she meets the charming Morris Townsend, she immediately is taken by the attention that he lavishes upon her, attention she so desperately seeks from her father. Catherine falls madly in love with Morris and they plan to marry. Catherine’s father believes Morris is courting Catherine only to get her inheritance and threatens to disinherit her if she marries him. Catherine does not care, and plans to elope with Morris but not before telling him about her father’s decision. On the night they are to elope, Catherine eagerly waits at home for Morris to come and take her away, but he never arrives. Catherine is heartbroken. A

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