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The Heiress

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Original title
The Heiress
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Ruth Goetz, Augustus Goetz (Novel: Henry James)
Aaron Copland
Leo Tover (B&W)
Universal Pictures
Drama. Romance | 19th Century. Melodrama. Romantic Drama
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Henry James Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Catherine Sloper is a shy and backwards young woman who lives with her father, Dr. Austin Sloper, in 1849 New York. By all accounts Catherine's mother was a beautiful and graceful creature with the charm of queens. Catherine never knew her mother since she died while in childbirth, but her father often reminds her of all the things her mother was and that she is not. Catherine inherited a great deal of money after her mother passed and will inherit twice as much more at the passing of her father. So, when a poor but handsome and well-bred man, Morris Townsend, begins to court Catherine, her father becomes suspicious that he must be after her money. After all, Catherine is plain and boring. What could she possibly offer to this young man - other than her money?
1949: 4 Academy Awards: Actress (Havilland), Art Dir. B&W, Costume Design, OST
1949: Golden Globes: Best Actress (Havilland). 3 Nom., including Best Director
1949: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Havilland)
1949: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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