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Wuthering Heights -- Set on the murky, isolated moors in Pre-Victorian England, this adaptation of Emily Bronte's classic novel tells the story of a doomed love between a young, aristocratic woman and the young man who works in her father's stables.
Wuthering Heights -- The story of unfortunate lovers Heathcliff and Cathy who, despite a deep affection for one another, are forced by circumstance and prejudice to live their apart...


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Charles MacArthur (screen play) and
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Release Date:
7 April 1939 (USA) See more »
A Story of Vengeful Thwarted Love See more »
A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Very moving film See more (109 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Merle Oberon ... Cathy

Laurence Olivier ... Heathcliff

David Niven ... Edgar

Flora Robson ... Ellen

Donald Crisp ... Dr. Kenneth

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Isabella
Hugh Williams ... Hindley

Leo G. Carroll ... Joseph

Miles Mander ... Lockwood

Cecil Kellaway ... Earnshaw
Cecil Humphreys ... Judge Linton
Sarita Wooton ... Cathy (as a child) (as Sarita Wooten)
Rex Downing ... Heathcliff (as a child)
Douglas Scott ... Hindley (as a child)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Benson ... Heathcliff Servant (uncredited)
Romaine Callender ... Robert (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Vernon Downing ... Giles (uncredited)
Alice Ehlers ... Madame Ehlers (uncredited)
Harold Entwistle ... Beadle (uncredited)

Peter Gowland ... Dancer (uncredited)
Helena Grant ... Miss Hudkins (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Susanne Leach ... Guest (uncredited)
Tommy Martin ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Schuyler Standish ... Little Boy (uncredited)
William Stelling ... Dancer (uncredited)
Diane Williams ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Linton Servant (uncredited)
Philip Winter ... Cathy's Partner (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
Writing credits
Charles MacArthur (screen play) and
Ben Hecht (screen play)

Emily Brontë (from the novel by)

John Huston  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland (photography)
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell (film editor)
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Alexander Toluboff (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Omar Kiam (costumes)
Makeup Department
Robert Stephanoff .... make-up artist (as Blagoe Stephanoff)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Mayo .... assistant director
Sound Department
Paul Neal .... sound recorder
Visual Effects by
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Jewel Jordan .... stunt double: Merle Oberon (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Vic Jones .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bert Shipman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Straumer .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Russell Bennett .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Samuel Goldwyn .... presenter
Jack Crosby .... dances (uncredited)
Lynn Farnol .... general press representative (uncredited)
Gus Schroeder .... location manager (uncredited)
Peter Shaw .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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104 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1955) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | UK:U | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #5104) | West Germany:12

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The film only depicts sixteen of the novel's thirty-four chapters and is set in 19th century instead of 1771-1801.See more »
Continuity: As Cathy walks uphill to see Heathcliff, her entire costume changes.See more »
[Scene at 37:08]
Ellen:Oh, you're lovely, Miss Cathy. Lovely.
Cathy:That's a very silly lie. I'm not lovely. What I am is very brilliant. I have a wonderful brain.
Cathy:It enables me to be superior to myself. There's nothing to be gained by just looking pretty like Isabella. Every beauty mark must conceal a thought and every curl be full of humor as well as brilliantine.
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Very moving film, 24 August 2004
Author: perfectbond

I have not read the Emily Bronte novel on which this film is based so obviously I cannot comment on the effectiveness of it as an adaptation (I understand that almost the entire second half of the book was excised). However, I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Oberon and especially Olivier, one of my favorites, are very convincing and moving as the doomed lovers Cathy and Heathcliff (according to my friend, Heathcliff is written as being much more likeable in the film than in the book). The supporting cast was also very good. Wuthering Heights just deals very poignantly with the effect that birth and status have on people's lives. Yet another winner from Wyler. My score 9/10.

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Olivier and Oberon really hated each other. powermandan
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