The Heiress

The Heiress (1949)

A truly great motion picture

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1949-10-06
  • User Rating: 7.7/10 from 90 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Paramount
  • Production Country: United States of America
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Dull and plain Catherine lives with her emotionally distant father, Dr. Sloper, in 1840s New York. Her days are empty -- filled with little more than needlepoint. Enter handsome Morris Townsend, a dashing social climber with his eye on the spinster's heart and substantial inheritance.

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  • Olivia de Havilland

    as Catherine Sloper
  • Montgomery Clift

    as Morris Townsend
  • Ralph Richardson

    as Dr. Austin Sloper
  • Miriam Hopkins

    as Lavinia Penniman
  • Vanessa Brown

    as Maria
  • Mona Freeman

    as Maria Almond
  • Ray Collins

    as Jefferson Almond
  • Betty Linley

    as Mme Montgomery
  • Selena Royle

    as Elizabeth Almond
  • Paul Lees

    as Arthur Townsend
  • Harry Antrim

    as M. Abeel
  • Russ Conway

    as Quintus
  • David Thursby

    as Geier
  • Nan Boardman

    as French Maid (uncredited)
  • Loulette Sablon

    as French Maid (uncredited)
  • Jack Chefe

    as French Waiter (uncredited)
  • Ray De Ravenne

    as French Waiter (uncredited)
  • Marcel De La Brosse

    as French Porter (uncredited)
  • Albert Pollet

    as French Porter (uncredited)
  • Arthur Dulac

    as French Bellboy (uncredited)
  • Lester Dorr

    as Groom (uncredited)
  • Franklyn Farnum

    as Dr. Isaacs (uncredited)
  • Louise Lorimer

    as Dr. Sloper's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Sam Harris

    as Party Guest (uncredited)
  • Donald Kerr

    as Fish Peddler (uncredited)
  • Ralph Sanford

    as Captain of the Castle Queen (uncredited)
  • Douglas Spencer

    as Minister (uncredited)
  • Dorothy Vernon

    as Delivery Woman (uncredited)
Costume & Make-Up Edith Head Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Wally Westmore Makeup Department Head
Art John Meehan Art Direction
Sound John Cope Sound Recordist
Directing William Wyler Director
Production William Wyler Producer
Visual Effects Gordon Jennings Visual Effects
Production Robert Wyler Associate Producer
Camera Leo Tover Director of Photography
Costume & Make-Up Gile Steele Costume Design
Art Harry Horner Production Design
Art Harry Horner Art Direction
Art Emile Kuri Set Decoration
Editing William Hornbeck Editor
Writing Henry James Novel
Sound Van Cleave Orchestrator
Sound Aaron Copland Original Music Composer
Camera Haskell B. Boggs Camera Operator
Writing Augustus Goetz Screenplay
Writing Augustus Goetz Theatre Play
Writing Ruth Goetz Screenplay
Directing Charles C. Coleman Assistant Director
Production Lester Koenig Associate Producer
Sound Hugo Grenzbach Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Hal Lierley Makeup Artist
Production Charles Woolstenhulme Production Manager
Costume & Make-Up Lenore Weaver Hairstylist
Sound Leon Becker Music Supervisor
Directing Ronnie Lubin Script Supervisor