The Heiress

Synopsis: In the mid-1800's, the wealthy Sloper family - widowed surgeon Dr. Austin Sloper, his adult daughter Catherine Sloper (Dr. Sloper's only surviving child), and Dr. Sloper's recently widowed sister Lavinia Penniman - live in an opulent house at 16 Washington Square, New York City. They have accrued their wealth largely through Dr. Sloper's hard work. Despite the lessons that Dr. Sloper has paid for in all the social graces for her, Catherine is a plain, simple, awkward and extremely shy woman who spends all her free time alone doing embroidery when she is not doting on her father. Catherine's lack of social charm and beauty - unlike her deceased mother - is obvious to Dr. Sloper, who hopes that Lavinia will act as her guardian in becoming more of a social person, and ultimately as chaperon if Catherine were ever to meet the right man. The first man ever to show Catherine any attention is the handsome Morris Townsend, who she met at a family party. Catherine is initially uncertain as to M
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): William Wyler
Production: Paramount Pictures
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115 min

I believe my mother used to wear it.

In her hair ribbons, Austin.

Ah, yes.

But, Catherine, your mother was fair.

She dominated the color.

Well, I must dress.

I'll try not to keep you waiting.

Oh, I must pack our silver punch cups

for Aunt Elizabeth.

Is it proper for me to go

to Sister Elizabeth's party?

- Of course, why not?

- After all, I'm still in mourning.

Lavinia, I know you bear your sorrow

with equal fortitude,

whatever the surroundings.

That's right. After all, I'm just as

grief-stricken no matter where I am.

You were wonderful!

Your Aunt Penniman

has made a conquest.


- Having a nice time, Catherine?

- Delightful, Aunt Elizabeth.

- So's Jefferson.

- Oh!

Austin, who's sick, who's dead?

Who've you been cutting up?

When your gout's troubling you,

you're more respectful to me.

- Are you making that announcement?

- Yes, dear.

- Go on! Go on!

- Alright! Alright!

If he doesn't do it now

he'll make it from under a table.

My good neighbors and dear friends,

I am about to lose the loveliest,

the most beautiful daughter...

...very dearest girl,

to a most wonderful young man,

to Arthur Townsend.

I am at once

a sad and a very lucky father.

I'd like you all to toast my loss

and my gain.

- To the happy couple.

- To the happy couple.

Oh, Momma!

Don't look so happy. I'll be home

for all my meals. Uncle Austin.

Marian, my dear,

great happiness to both of you.

Thank you, sir.

Cathy, isn't it wonderful?

Isn't this a lovely party?

Come along, Arthur, let's dance!

- Excuse us.

- Excuse us.

Oh, er, Quintus.

- You're not dancing?

- No, ma'am.

You remember Catherine Sloper,

my niece?

Yes, indeed.

May I have the pleasure, Catherine?

Thank you, Quintus.

Excuse me, Father.

- Permit me, Catherine.

- Oh, thank you, Father.

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Ruth Goetz

Ruth Goetz (January 12, 1912 — October 12, 2001) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and translator along with her husband and collaborator Augustus Goetz. more…

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