The film premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. They spend time together and it leads to love and plans for marriage. Being a romantic, Lavinia does whatever she can to advance their relationship. In the mid-1800's, the wealthy Sloper family - widowed surgeon Dr. Austin Sloper, his adult daughter Catherine Sloper (Dr. Sloper's only surviving child), and Dr. Sloper's recently widowed sister Lavinia Penniman - live in an opulent house at 16 Washington Square, New York City. The Heiress is a 1947 play by American playwrights Ruth and Augustus Goetz adapted from the 1880 Henry James novel Washington Square. His beliefs are strengthened after a candid discussion with Morris' sister, Mrs. Montgomery. They plan to be married. The couple were asked to make Morris less of a villain than he was in their play and the original novel in deference to the studio's desire to capitalize on Montgomery Clift's reputation as a romantic leading man.[6]. The Heiress: A Play.

In 1850s New York City, Catherine Sloper (Olivia de Havilland) is a plain, painfully shy woman whose exacting and emotionally detached father, physician Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson), makes no secret of his disappointment in her.

Catherine is shy, unsophisticated and plain-looking; her father blames her for the death of her mother, who died giving birth to her. Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 December 1949. Catherine and Morris make plans to elope with the help of Aunt Lavinia. Dr. Sloper threatens to disinherit his daughter.

On their return, Dr. Sloper sees that nothing has changed and threatens to disinherit her if she marries Morris. Be the first to contribute! Still, she cannot forget her betrothed, especially since he frequents the house to visit Aunt Lavinia in their absence, who enables the two to keep in contact. Other editions - View all. Parents Guide. Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 7 October 1949. The Heiress is a 1947 play by American playwrights Ruth and Augustus Goetz adapted from the 1880 Henry James novel Washington Square. ", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Heiress_(1947_play)&oldid=975145096, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Period 1850 heiress slowly gathers confidence in order to take her revenge, 1850, the home of Doctor Sloper in Washington Square, February 8, 1950 to February 19, 1950 at the, March 9, 1995 to December 31, 1995 at the, November 1, 2012 to February 9, 2013 at the, Lavinia Penniman, Catherine's widowed aunt, Mrs. Montgomery, Morris Townsend's widowed sister, Arthur Townsend, Marian's fiancée and Morris's distant cousin, Tony Award Best Actor in Play – Basil Rathbone (winner), Tony Award Best Costume Design – Mary Percy Schenck (winner), Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play –, This page was last edited on 26 August 2020, at 23:59.

Read preview. Catherine Sloper is a shy and backwards young woman who lives with her father, Dr. Austin Sloper, in 1849 New York. Synopsis.

The Heiress (1949) Topics Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Drama, Romance, 1949.

After Catherine returns to New York, the young lovers plan to elope. Catherine is heartbroken and grows colder, now painfully aware of her father's opinions of her, but trapped caring for him nonetheless. Her aunt asks her if she can be so cruel, and Catherine coldly responds, "Yes, I can be very cruel. Catherine's mother died a few years ago and her father still lives in the memory of his beloved wife. It looks like we don't have a Synopsis for this title yet. Taglines

[5], A Broadway revival began previews in October 2012 at the Walter Kerr Theatre for a limited engagement, with direction by Moisés Kaufman and starring Jessica Chastain, David Strathairn, Dan Stevens, and Judith Ivey.[6]. What people are saying - Write a review.

Catherine is of age, receiving $10,000 a year from her mother's estate, and is expected to receive an additional $20,000 per year on top of this after her father's passing. Catherine refuses to see him on his death bed. [4] The play won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, with Jones, Sternhagen and director Gerald Gutierrez winning Tonys as well. | Catherine's gregarious Aunt Lavinia Penniman (Miriam Hopkins) moves into the household after becoming widowed and attempts to prod Catherine into being more social and find a husband. Still, Catherine tells Morris about her desire to disinherit herself from her father and never see him again.

The production then opened in London at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in 1949 starring Ralph Richardson and Peggy Ashcroft and ran for 644 performances. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adapted from their 1947 play The Heiress.The play was suggested by the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James. The Heiress - Ebook written by Jude Deveraux. She seems to be swept away again, and tells him to go fetch his things so they can elope; but when he returns, she has the maid bolt the door against him, and turns out the lights. Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Play, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, "Theater Review: The Heiress; Is She Loved For Her Money? Morris' true intentions are put to the test when he finds out about the amended will. Will her father eventually convince her to give him up and wait for a suitable husband? What could she possibly offer to this young man - other than her money? When she meets the handsome Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift) at a ball, Catherine is taken by the attention he lavishes upon her attention she's never received before and desperately wanted, and flourishes under his affections. The Heiress is one of the handsome, intense and adult dramas of the year. "[12], In 1975, the twenty-first episode of the eighth season of The Carol Burnett Show featured a take-off of the film called "The Lady Heir", with Carol Burnett as Catherine and Roddy McDowell as Morris.[13]. By all accounts Catherine's mother was a beautiful and graceful creature with the charm of queens. I have been taught by masters."

Catherine is initially uncertain as to Morris' intentions, never having been called on before by a gentleman, but she quickly falls in love with him, as he does with her. A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a … In 1840's New York Catherine lives with her father, Dr. Sloper. Two years later, Morris returns to a now-rich Catherine, who has received her inheritance from her late mother and now-deceased father. When they return to New York, Dr. Sloper threatens to disinherit his daughter if she marries Morris, and they have a bitter argument in which the doctor makes his disdain and distaste for her abundantly clear. Dr. Sloper does whatever he can to prevent the two from getting married - the entire reason for his disapproval which he does not fully disclose to either Catherine or Morris - including taking Catherine away for an extended European vacation. Aunt Lavinia arranges for Morris to visit Catherine. The play was suggested by the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James. He does not alter the will and dies, fretful, leaving her his entire estate. [2][3], In 1996, The Heiress was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[4][5].

Aunt Lavinia favors the match regardless, being both romantic and pragmatic enough to view this as Catherine's chance at a happy married life since Morris seems somewhat genuinely fond of Catherine's honesty and kindness, despite his largely monetary motivations. Contains the script for the 1948 play "The Heiress" in which Catherine Sloper falls in love with a charming conman, and fails to realize that he is more in love with her money than he is with her. Catherine's father, believing Morris is only after the money, tells Catherine she will be disinherited if she marries him. Praise for the principals lauded de Havilland especially: "the transformation of Catherine Sloper from a pathetically shy girl to a cold, handsome woman" being "handled with finished skill.
"[7], The Brooklyn Eagle found the film "an intensely satisfying drama that holds a high level of interest throughout, building relentlessly to a moving climax." Academy Award for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Black and White, Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black and White, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black and White, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture, "National Film Registry taps 25 more pix", "Complete National Film Registry Listing | Film Registry | National Film Preservation Board | Programs at the Library of Congress | Library of Congress", "The Carol Burnett Show (1967–1978) Episode #8.21", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Heiress&oldid=984584939, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 20 October 2020, at 22:23. When the three confront each other, they agree that Austin will take his daughter to Europe for six months.

Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Catherine, a young woman who stands to inherit her father's large fortune, falls in love when she meets Morris, who gives her the love and affection her father doesn't, and which she desperately needs. Catherine believes him sincere, but her father believes he's after her inheritance. Dr. Sloper mistrusts Townsend's intentions believing that his interest is primarily in the fortune that Catherine will inherit on his death. The Heiress received universal critical acclaim and won four Academy Awards. Ultimately, incidents with both her father and Morris permanently change Catherine's view of life. 'The Heiress' at Stanley is Movie Melodrama." So, when a poor but handsome and well-bred man, Morris Townsend, begins to court Catherine, her father becomes suspicious that he must be after her money. Martin, Mildred. " According to their plan, Catherine eagerly packs her bags and waits for Morris to come and take her away to happiness. "[11], Channel 4 says of the performances, "de Havilland's portrayal ... is spine-chilling ... Clift brings a subtle ambiguity to one of his least interesting roles, and Richardson is also excellent. She realizes how poorly he views her.
The Heiress is a 1949 American drama film produced and directed by William Wyler and starring Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper, Montgomery Clift as Morris Townsend, and Ralph Richardson as Dr. Sloper. Addeddate 2014-11-12 07:25:32 Identifier TheHeiress Scanner Internet Archive HTML5 Uploader 1.6.0. plus-circle Add Review. The film is about a young naive woman who falls in love with a handsome young man, despite the objections of her emotionally abusive father who suspects the man of being a fortune hunter. Bosley Crowther, in his review for The New York Times, wrote that the film "crackles with allusive life and fire in its tender and agonized telling of an extraordinarily characterful tale" and added, "Mr. Wyler ... has given this somewhat austere drama an absorbing intimacy and a warming illusion of nearness that it did not have on the stage. To cause him distress, she vengefully tells her father she still loves Morris and dares him to change his will if he is afraid they will waste his money after he dies. Or could it be that Catherine finally finds all the grace and charm of her mother only to use it against the men in her life? comment. Two years later the play was adapted into the film The Heiress starring Olivia de Havilland. Catherine falls madly in love with Morris, and they plan to marry. She refuses. After all, Catherine is plain and boring. He makes excuses about his jilting her. Just click the "Edit page" button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Synopsis submission guide. Well, of Course! A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter.


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