The Heiress


normal_heiress10The Heiress, Directed by: William Wyler Paramount Pictures, 1949

Written by Henry James the Heiress the story about a woman who is the daughter of a wealthy widower and lacks most of the social graces expected of a women in her time. She falls in love with Morris Townsend whom her father thinks is a shallow interloper only after her fortune. The changes that take place within the character played by Olivia DeHavilland are amazing. There is one particular scene I love when she walks through an alcove where years before, she and Morris have kissed. When she stops you can feel what she is thinking and know that she is remembering, another and happier time. The cinemetography is exceptional by Leo Tover. Every scene is like a painting beautifully staged.

Cast Includes:

  • Olivia de Havilland …. Catherine Sloper
  • Montgomery Clift …. Morris Townsend
  • Ralph Richardson …. Dr. Austin Sloper
  • Miriam Hopkins …. Lavinia Penniman
  • Vanessa Brown …. Maria
  • Betty Linley …. Mrs. Montgomery
  • Ray Collins …. Jefferson Almond
  • Mona Freeman …. Marian Almond
  • Selena Royle …. Elizabeth Almond
  • Paul Lees …. Arthur Townsend
  • Harry Antrim …. Mr. Abeel
  • Russ Conway …. Quintus
  • David Thursby …. Geier
Videos from this film:

The Heiress – Trailer

The Heiress Final scene

The Heiress – Swept Away(1949)

Be sure to check out my section devoted to the star of this film Olivia de Havilland.


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