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The Heiress (1949) Movie Information

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William Wyler


Montgomery Clift
Olivia de Havilland
Ralph Richardson
Miriam Hopkins
Vanessa Brown
Betty Linley





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In this adaptation of Henry James' Washington Square, mousy heiress Catherine, beaten down by her domineering father, falls in love with a handsome young stranger. But her father fears the young man may be a fortune hunter, and attempts to thwart their romance. The experience that follows produces a side of Catherine no one imagined.

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woody 02/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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It's an engrossing tale of deceit and revenge with no blood, no violence--not even much in the way of raised voices. But it's not sterile or sweet either. The Henry James story is artfully done, with Olivia De Havilland perfectly holding its center. Ralph Richardson, as her unsupportive father, is another plus in this outstanding production. In beautifully-photographed black-and-white.

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Arbogast1960 03/26/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A surprisingly little known film, given the pedigree of its director and stars (and the author of its source work), but well worth seeking out. De Havilland's performance is a marvel; she transforms from mousy, kindhearted wallflower to embittered, cold-hearted harridan without every seeming labored or unnatural. But in so transforming she never loses one's sympathy. She fully convinces you of the righteousness of her actions. Truly, hell hath no fury . . . .

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