The Heiress
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Henry James based his 1881 novella Washington Square on a real-life incident, wherein a young actor of his acquaintance married an unattractive but very wealthy young woman for the express purpose of living the rest of his life in luxury. Washington Square was turned into a stage play in 1946 by Ruth and Augustus Goetz; this, in turn was adapted for the movies under the title The Heiress. Olivia DeHavilland won an Academy Award (her second) for her portrayal of Catherine Sloper, the plain-Jane daughter of wealthy widower Dr. Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson). Catherine is not only unattractive,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A]n outstanding literary adaptation and a superb example of Hollywood fare at its most intelligent and sharply honed."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"Wyler's superlative rendition of Henry James' novel Washington Square is meticulously mounted with great acting from Olivia De Havilland, Monty Clift, and particularly Ralph Richardson, dark-noirish lensing, and powerful score from Aaron Copeland."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"More interesting for the things it leaves unsaid than the occasionally staid melodramatic story."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"The reputation of this exceedingly fine film has continued to grow as the decades have rolled on, and the performances of a strong cast certainly deserve much of that credit."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Though it had a poor box office upon its release, it eventually became recognized as a masterpiece."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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