The Heiress

(1949)

Overview

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.

  1. Ruth Goetz

    Screenplay

  2. Augustus Goetz

    Screenplay

  3. Henry James

    Novel

  4. William Wyler

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  1. Olivia de Havilland

    Olivia de Havilland

    Catherine Sloper

  2. Montgomery Clift

    Montgomery Clift

    Morris Townsend

  3. Ralph Richardson

    Ralph Richardson

    Dr. Austin Sloper

  4. Miriam  Hopkins

    Miriam Hopkins

    Lavinia Penniman

  5. Vanessa Brown

    Vanessa Brown

    Maria

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The Heiress
The Heiress

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Status Released

Release Information

  • October 6, 1949
    Theatrical

    Meaning

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 55m

Budget $2,600,000.00

Revenue -

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