The Heiress (1949)

Director
William Wyler

Main cast
Olivia de Havilland; Montgomery Clift; Ralph Richardson; Miriam Hopkins; Vanessa Brown

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
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.


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