The Heiress

The week of September 26, 2010:

The movie of the week is an adaption from the 1947 play of the same title. The Heiress stars two of Hollywood’s best talents, Olivia de Havilland and Montgomery Clift. Both de Havilland and Clift give strong, charming, and complimentary performances in this movie.

Stars: Olivia de Havilland & Montgomery Clift
Directed by: William Wyler
Released in: 1949

Catherine Sloper inherited a great deal of money after her mother passed and will inherit twice as much more at the passing of her father. So when a penniless but handsome and charming man named Morris Townsend begins to court Catherine, her father becomes suspicious that he must be after her money. Soon the young lovers announce their plans to marry, but Dr. Sloper strongly opposes their marriage. Dr. Sloper even takes his daughter to Europe in hopes she will forget Townsend, but she does not. Once Catherine and her father return to New York, further incidents with both her father and Townsend permanently change Catherine’s character and attitude on life.

Fact: The original idea was to team 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.

Awards: The Heiress won four Oscars. Aaron Copland was rewarded an Oscar for Best Music – Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Then the Academy Award for Best Costume Design – Black-and-White was given to Edith Head and Gile Steele. John Meehan, Harry Horner, and Emile Kuri were recognized for Best Art Direction in Set Decoration – Black-and-White. As well, The Heiress allowed Olivia de Havilland to earn her second Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In addition, The Heiress received nominations in the following categories at the Academy Awards: Best Cinematography – Black-and-White, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, and Best Picture.

To view the trailer of The Heiress visit:

As well, The Heiress will air on the Turner Classic Movie channel on Thursday, September 30 at 10:00PM. Be sure to doube-check your local listings and times at

And as always, feel absolutely free to leave your comments:)


~ by discoveringtheclassics on September 26, 2010.

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