Olivia de Havilland earned a second Oscar for her role as Catherine Sloper a plain, introverted, socially inept wealthy young woman in 19th century New York City who is on the verge of becoming a spinster. Catherine’s father (Ralph Richardson), a prominent doctor is only too well aware of his daughter’s shortcomings. He can barely hide his contempt for Catherine and psychologically abuses his sweet daughter, who desperately wants his approval but can never match up to his memory of her beautiful, charming, and vivacious late mother.

When Catherine meets the handsome, charismatic Morris Townsend (Montgomery Clift) at a party, she is swept off her feet. Not surprisingly, her father objects to the penniless Morris and believes the only thing he finds attractive about Catherine is the substantial inheritance she stands to gain. Continue reading »

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