The Heiress is a 1949 American dramatization film coordinated by William Wyler and featuring Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper, Montgomery Clift as Morris Townsend, and Ralph Richardson as Dr. Sloper. Composed by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adjusted from their 1947 play The Heiress. The play was recommended by the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James.
Catherine Sloper is a plain, horrendously timid lady whose sincerely disconnected father, New York doctor Austin Sloper, makes no mystery of his mistake in her. He is horribly severe about the loss of his enchanting and excellent spouse, whom he feels destiny supplanted with a straightforward and unalluring girl. Catherine is committed to her dad, nonetheless, and excessively guiltless, making it impossible to completely appreciate his abuse or the explanations behind it. When she meets the enchanting Morris Townsend she instantly is taken by the consideration he showers upon her, consideration she so urgently looks for from her dad. Catherine falls frantically enamored with Morris and they intend to wed.
Dr. Sloper trusts Morris is an idler who is seeking Catherine just to get her legacy, and his meeting with Morris’ sister just strengthens his doubt. He tells the youthful couple his sentiment of Morris and takes Catherine to Europe for a broadened time, yet she can’t overlook her pledged. When they come back to New York, Dr. Sloper debilitates to exclude his little girl in the event that she weds Morris. Catherine does not give it a second thought and plans to abscond with him but rather not before educating him concerning her dad’s choice. On the night they are to run off, Catherine anxiously sits tight at home for Morris to come and take her away, however he never arrives.
Catherine is grief stricken. A day or so later, she has an astringent contention with her dad, who makes his despise for her bounteously clear. Before long a while later, he uncovers he is kicking the bucket. She discloses to her dad despite everything she adores Morris and difficulties him to change his will in the event that he is anxious they will squander his cash after he bites the dust. He doesn’t change the will and kicks the bucket a brief span later, abandoning her his whole domain.
A couple of years after the fact, Morris comes back from California, having made nothing of himself except for as yet pronouncing his affection for Catherine. He guarantees that he deserted her since he couldn’t stand to see her down and out. Catherine claims to excuse him and discloses to him despite everything she needs to steal away as they initially arranged. He guarantees to return for her that night, and she discloses to him she will begin gathering her packs.
Catherine coldly plots her retribution upon Morris. Her auntie asks her how she can be so barbarous, and she reacts, “I have been educated by experts.” When Morris returns, Catherine placidly arranges the house keeper to jolt the entryway, abandoning him bolted outside, yelling her name. The film becomes dull with Catherine noiselessly rising the stairs while Morris’ despondent cries resound unanswered in the obscurity.