The Heiress Overview:

The Heiress (1949) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by William Wyler and produced by William Wyler, Robert Wyler and Lester Koenig.

The film was based on the novel Washington Square and also Serial, Cornhill Magazine & Harper's New Monthly Magazine; also Stage Play "The Heiress" written by Henry James published in 1880 (novel); 1880 (magazines); Sep 29, 1947 - Sep 18, 1948 (performed at Biltmore Theatre, NY).

SYNOPSIS

A superb cinematic version of Henry James's novel Washington Square. After discovering that his bride-to-be (de Havilland) is going to be disinherited by her brutally overbearing father (Richardson), a handsome young fortune hunter (Clift) jilts her on the night of their elopement. Years later, when the woman's fortune is secured, the man returns and asks for her hand, but his erstwhile sweetheart exacts her revenge. Copland's score is magnificent.

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The Heiress was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1996.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorRalph RichardsonNominated
Best ActressOlivia de HavillandWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Harry Horner, John Meehan; Set Decoration: Emile KuriWon
Best CinematographyLeo ToverNominated
Best Costume DesignEdith Head, Gile SteeleWon
Best DirectorWilliam WylerNominated
Best Music - ScoringAaron CoplandWon
Best PictureParamountNominated
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BlogHub Articles:

The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)

on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


The Heiress (1949, William Wyler)

on Jul 1, 2019 From The Stop Button

My favorite moment in The Heiress is when Olivia de Havilland has a slight tremor, watching someone walk away after she?s just told them off. It?s this fantastic glimpse into her character. The film has something of a double twist ending, so it?s going to be hard to talk around various spoilers but ... Read full article


The Heiress

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 8, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing The Heiress (1949) starring Olivia de Havilland. This article is part of Beyond the Cover: Books to Film Blogathon hosted by Now Voyaging and Speakeasy. 19th century American author Henry James is the great exponent of literary ambiguity. His distinctive fictional works, w... Read full article


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Quotes from

Catherine Sloper: Father won't abuse you, he doesn't know you well enough.


Morris Townsend: Catherine! Catherine! Catherine!


Aunt Penniman: Can you be so cruel?
Catherine Sloper: Yes, I can be very cruel. I have been taught by masters.


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Montgomery Clift learned to play the piano for the scene where he sings, "The Joys of Love" to Olivia de Havilland.
The original idea was to reteam Olivia de Havilland with her frequent co-star Errol Flynn, but this was dropped in favor of the more subtle acting that Montgomery Clift could bring to the role.
Olivia de Havilland wisely chose William Wyler as her director, considering that such a meticulous director would be able to coax a strong performance from her. As it turned out, Wyler became a staunch supporter of his leading actress, particularly in regard to the sneering attitude that Montgomery Clift displayed toward her (he didn't value her talents as an actress) and Ralph Richardson taking every opportunity to steal scenes from under her nose with his improvisations.
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