IMDb > Wuthering Heights (1939)
Wuthering Heights
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Wuthering Heights (1939) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 19 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Wuthering Heights -- Director William Wyler's adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic story, Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon star as Heathcliff and Cathy whose tortured love affair ends when Cathy marries.
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...

Overview

User Rating:
7.7/10   12,598 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Down 16% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Charles MacArthur (screen play) and
Ben Hecht (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Wuthering Heights on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
7 April 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Story of Vengeful Thwarted Love See more »
Plot:
A servant in the house of Wuthering Heights tells a traveler the unfortunate tale of lovers Cathy and Heathcliff. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 3 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A nearly flawless classic See more (111 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Merle Oberon ... Cathy

Laurence Olivier ... Heathcliff

David Niven ... Edgar

Flora Robson ... Ellen Dean

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)
 
Stunts
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


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
104 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1955) | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | UK:U | UK:15 | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Passed (The National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #5104) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Contemporary news items note that Bront societies worldwide wrote to Samuel Goldwyn and urged him to remain as faithful in detail as possible to the original novel, and protested the use of any one of a number of replacement titles for the story that were rumored to have been considered. Titles reportedly considered by the Goldwyn sales office were Gypsy Love, Fun on the Farm and He Died for Her.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Pieces of classical music played during the dances at the Lintons' home would never have been played then, some were not even composed at that time. The type of piano shown was not used then.See more »
Quotes:
Edgar Linton:I hope I misunderstood you. It's impossible that any sister of mine could think of Heathcliff as anything but surly dressed up beggar, a lout and a bore I shall take precautions to ensure you never see him again, now go to dinnerSee more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Dil Diya Dard Liya (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Wedding MarchSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
What happened to Isabella?
Is 'Wuthering Heights' based on a book?
See more »
29 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A nearly flawless classic, 29 March 1999
Author: Oriel from Athens, Georgia

This classic version of the Bronte novel is probably familiar to most movie fans, and with good reason. Although the recent Ralph Fiennes version is also excellent, nothing can quite surpass the 1939 film's bleak black-and-white cinematography or the impassioned performance of Laurence Olivier. Some of us still mourn that his then-wife, Vivien Leigh, wasn't granted her wish to be cast as Catherine, but Merle Oberon is nonetheless excellent: her Catherine isn't quite likable, but then, she isn't supposed to be. Instead of sugar-coating the story as Hollywood is so wont to do, the filmmakers give us Cathy and Heathcliff as they should be: ruthless, selfish, destructive, and fascinating. The only major drawback is the saccharine musical score, which tries to make this wild, haunting story into a candy-box romance. Fortunately, all the other elements resist this tendency. Even though the film only covers half the novel, you'll find it satisfying and unforgettable.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (111 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Wuthering Heights (1939)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Horrible spazberryme
This movie and story is laughable petelato
Olivier and Oberon really hated each other. powermandan
WHATTTT vgarci
who would you pick for Heathcliff and Catherine (besides the originals)? druid_princess
Famous Houses marhefka
See more »

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.