Wuthering Heights
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William Wyler's Wuthering Heights is one of the earliest screen adaptations of the classic Emily Brontė novel. A traveler named Lockwood (Miles Mander) is caught in the snow and stays at the estate of Wuthering Heights, where the housekeeper, Ellen Dean (Flora Robson), sits down to tell him the story in flashback. In the early 19th century, the original owner of Wuthering Heights, Mr. Earnshaw (Leo G. Carroll), brings home an orphan from Liverpool named Heathcliff (Rex Downing). Though son Hindley Earnshaw despises the boy, daughter Catherine develops a close kinship with Heathcliff that… More

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"Emily Bronte's novel tells a haunting tale of love and tragedy. Samuel Goldwyn's film version retains all of the grim drama of the book. It's heavy fare throughout."
‑ , Variety
"Best version of the Gothic-romance revenge tale."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It's okay, but it's the kind of classic that puts people off classics."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The cast is faultless."
‑ Franz Hoellering, The Nation
"Ace cinematographer Gregg Toland deservedly won the Oscar for his moody b/w imagery in William Wyler's supremely mounted production of Bronte's tragic novel; the only mediocre element is Merle Oberon's performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Wyler's shot composition, production values, and art direction were the most impeccable in the industry."
‑ Nigam Nuggehalli, culturevulture.net
"This is a first-class Hollywood production."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The definitive version."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Wuthering Heights (1939) is director William Wyler's tale of doomed love, conflicting passions, and revenge, one of Hollywood's all-time most romantic/drama classics."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
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