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Ruth Goetz (written for the screen by) and
Augustus Goetz (written for the screen by) ...
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Release Date:
28 December 1949 (USA) See more »
When a Woman Loves a Man . . . She Doesn't Want to Know the Truth About Him ! See more »
A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 4 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant superb astonishing movie See more (123 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Olivia de Havilland ... Catherine Sloper

Montgomery Clift ... Morris Townsend

Ralph Richardson ... Dr. Austin Sloper

Miriam Hopkins ... Lavinia Penniman

Vanessa Brown ... Maria

Betty Linley ... Mrs. Montgomery

Ray Collins ... Jefferson Almond

Mona Freeman ... Marian Almond

Selena Royle ... Elizabeth Almond
Paul Lees ... Arthur Townsend
Harry Antrim ... Mr. Abeel

Russ Conway ... Quintus
David Thursby ... Geier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nan Boardman ... French Maid (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... French Waiter (uncredited)
Marcel De la Brosse ... French Porter (uncredited)
Ray De Ravenne ... French Waiter (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Groom (uncredited)
Arthur Dulac ... French Bellboy (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Dr. Isaacs (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Fish Peddler (uncredited)

Louise Lorimer ... Dr. Sloper's Secretary (uncredited)
Sherri Morse ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Una Mortished ... Chambermaid (uncredited)
Harry Pipe ... Mr. Gebhardt (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... French Porter (uncredited)
Loulette Sablon ... French Maid (uncredited)

Ralph Sanford ... Captain of the Castle Queen (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Minister (uncredited)
Bobby Taylor ... Little Boy (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Delivery Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
Writing credits
Ruth Goetz (written for the screen by) and
Augustus Goetz (written for the screen by)

Ruth Goetz (from the play "The Heiress"by) and
Augustus Goetz (from the play "The Heiress"by)

Henry James (suggested by the novel "Washington Square" by)

Produced by
Lester Koenig .... associate producer
Robert Wyler .... associate producer
William Wyler .... producer
Original Music by
Aaron Copland 
Cinematography by
Leo Tover (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck (edited by)
Production Design by
Harry Horner (production designed by)
Art Direction by
John Meehan 
Harry Horner (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist (uncredited)
William Woods .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Charles Woolstenhulme .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Sound Department
Leon Becker .... sound supervisor
John Cope .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Haskell B. Boggs .... camera operator (uncredited)
Earl Crowell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Irv Newmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Irving Newmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
G.E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gile Steele .... wardrobe: men
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Aaron Copland .... conductor (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Josephine Earl .... dance coach (uncredited)
Harry F. Hogan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Susan Lyman .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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115 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:13 | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1950) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #12306) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Included among the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the 400 movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.See more »
Continuity: When Morris first asks Kathryn to dance at the party, she is seated with her dance card in her hand. Her fan is hanging from a string around her wrist on the same arm. Cut to a wider shot as Kathryn stands to join Morris, and suddenly her fan is in her hand, and her dance card is hanging from her wrist.See more »
Catherine Sloper:Bolt the door, Maria!See more »
Movie Connections:
Plaisir d'amour (The Joys of Love)See more »


Where can I hear an audio adaptation of the play this movie was based on?
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51 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant superb astonishing movie, 16 March 2005
Author: jacques muller from USA

I had the pleasure to watch again "The Heiress" 1949 movie tonight, and it is absolutely brilliant! ; what a gem! the script, the directing, set designs, lighting, but above all the acting, are all extraordinary. The performances by the three main characters are simply superb. Olivia De Haviland is utterly convincing in her transition from a, not so young, unwanted and unloved woman, into 3 different phases of her personality as the plot unfolds ; all her acting is beautiful. Montgomery Cliff delivers a great performance and mastery at portraying deceit with a charming smile. Ralph Richardson commands respect and holds an air of definite authority as Catherine's father. His aristocratic demeanor is also very well portrayed for a prominent New York gentleman of the late 1800's. The human tragedy of miscommunication between beings unfolds with impeccable timing. The film by today standards may be considered as slow, but underneath is found a study of characters that runs very deeply. The contrast between the real Love and the pretense is striking. You cannot help but feel sorry for the way the characters are held captives to a set of stiff conventions and untold feelings. A human tragedy at its best.

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