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The Heiress (1949)

115 min - Drama, Romance - 6 October 1949
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Dull and plain Catherine (Olivia de Havilland) lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper (Ralph Richardson), in 1840s New York. Her days are empty -- filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and substantial inheritance. William Wyler's Oscar-winning film is an adaptation of the Henry James novel Washington Square.

Director:  William Wyler
Stars:  Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Vanessa Brown, Mona Freeman, Ray Collins, Betty Linley, Selena Royle, Paul Lees, Harry Antrim, Russ Conway, David Thursby, Nan Boardman, Loulette Sablon, Jack Chefe, Ray De Ravenne, Marcel De La Brosse, Albert Pollet, Arthur Dulac, Lester Dorr, Franklyn Farnum, Louise Lorimer, Sam Harris, Donald Kerr, Ralph Sanford, Douglas Spencer, Dorothy Vernon

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Storyline

Dull and plain Catherine (Olivia de Havilland) lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper (Ralph Richardson), in 1840s New York. Her days are empty -- filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift), a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and substantial inheritance. William Wyler's Oscar-winning film is an adaptation of the Henry James novel Washington Square.



Tagline: A truly great motion picture (one-sheet)

Genres: Drama, Romance

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Country:   United States of America
Language:  English, French
Release Date:  6 October 1949

Box Office

Budget:  $2,600,000

Company Credits

Production Companies:  Paramount Pictures

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 55 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Ralph Richardson {“Dr. Austin Sloper”}
ACTRESS — Olivia de Havilland {“Catherine Sloper”} – WON
ART DIRECTION (Black-and-White) — Art Direction: Harry Horner, John Meehan; Set Decoration: Emile Kuri – WON
CINEMATOGRAPHY (Black-and-White) — Leo Tover
COSTUME DESIGN (Black-and-White) — Edith Head, Gile Steele – WON
DIRECTING — William Wyler
MUSIC (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) — Aaron Copland – WON
BEST MOTION PICTURE — Paramount


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