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* DespairEventHorizon: Catherine reaches it when, after waiting all night, realizes [[spoiler: Morris has jilted her and will never come with the carriage.]]



* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Catherine is stunned when the handsome and charming Morris notices her plain and shy self.



* TheLostLenore: Catherine's father mourns his dead wife with an intensity that shows just how detrimental this trope can be in a real-life setting. When someone points out he has a daughter that he's been neglecting and failing to love or even connect with his whole life, Dr. Sloper snaps that only he knows what he lost when his wife died. He apparently conveniently forgets that Catherine lost her mother as well as him losing his wife.



* TheMourningAfter: Dr. Sloper still mourns his wife even though it's been years since her death. This isn't portrayed as being remotely positive or healthy, showing how holding onto the past has damaged his relationship in the present with his daughter.



* StoodUp: Catherine gets stood up by Morris on an occasion when [[spoiler:he had promised to come for her in a carriage to elope at midnight. This is even worse because the decision to elope came right after a major falling out with her family (her father was convinced that Morris was just a Gold Digger and told her the only reason anyone would want a Plain Jane Shrinking Violet her was because of her money) and she was convinced that Morris would care for her and love her in a way her father never did]].

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* SayingTooMuch: When Catherine wants to elope with Morris, it comes about in the conversation that she will not inherit or take a penny from her father, and she expects them to rely on nobody but themselves. [[spoiler: This causes Morris to abandon her as he realizes he won't inherit the great fortune he expected her to have.]]
* ShipperOnDeck: Catherine's aunt would very much like her to marry Morris.
* StoodUp: Catherine gets stood up by Morris on an occasion when [[spoiler:he had promised to come for her in a carriage to elope at midnight. This is even worse because the decision to elope came right after a major falling out with her family (her father was convinced that Morris was just a Gold Digger GoldDigger and told her the only reason anyone would want a Plain Jane Shrinking Violet PlainJane ShrinkingViolet her was because of her money) and she was convinced that Morris would care for her and love her in a way her father never did]].


Catherine Sloper (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland) is a cripplingly shy woman who lives with her widowed father, Dr. Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson), and his flighty sister, Lavinia Penniman (Creator/MiriamHopkins). Viewed by everyone as lacking personality, it's a big surprise when handsome, charming Morris Townsend (Creator/MontgomeryClift) takes an interest in her. Her aunt is in favor of the match, but Dr. Sloper is opposed, believing that Morris couldn't possibly be interested Catherine for herself and must be after her inheritance.

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Catherine Sloper (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland) is a cripplingly shy woman who lives with her widowed father, Dr. Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson), (Creator/RalphRichardson), and his flighty sister, Lavinia Penniman (Creator/MiriamHopkins). Viewed by everyone as lacking personality, it's a big surprise when handsome, charming Morris Townsend (Creator/MontgomeryClift) takes an interest in her. Her aunt is in favor of the match, but Dr. Sloper is opposed, believing that Morris couldn't possibly be interested Catherine for herself and must be after her inheritance.


Olivia de Havilland's performance won her an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward; the film also took Academy Awards for its costumes, sets, and score.

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Olivia de Havilland's performance won her an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward; the film also took Academy Awards for its costumes, sets, and score.score (by Music/AaronCopland).


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* MaidenAunt: [[spoiler:Catherine ends up as a Maiden Aunt, doting on the children of her cousin Marian, who call her "Aunt Catherine".]]
* OldMaid: Plays with this trope and ends up being one of the few works to portray it positively; [[spoiler:Catherine never marries her Gold Digger love interest or anyone, and is shown to embrace spinsterhood and be confident in herself in a way she never was when she had to worry about the prospects of marriage]].


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* StoodUp: Catherine gets stood up by Morris on an occasion when [[spoiler:he had promised to come for her in a carriage to elope at midnight. This is even worse because the decision to elope came right after a major falling out with her family (her father was convinced that Morris was just a Gold Digger and told her the only reason anyone would want a Plain Jane Shrinking Violet her was because of her money) and she was convinced that Morris would care for her and love her in a way her father never did]].
* SugarAndIcePersonality: By the end, Catherine has developed this personality (previously being a ShrinkingViolet). She is as kind and friendly as she always was with people she likes. With people who get on her bad side, she is a complete ice queen.

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* TallDarkAndHandsome: Morris Townsend, as played by Montgomery Clift.


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''The Heiress'' is a 1949 film directed by Creator/WilliamWyler. It is adapted from the 1947 play of the same name by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, which in turn is an adaptation of the novel ''Literature/WashingtonSquare'' by Creator/HenryJames.

Catherine Sloper (Creator/OliviaDeHavilland) is a cripplingly shy woman who lives with her widowed father, Dr. Austin Sloper (Ralph Richardson), and his flighty sister, Lavinia Penniman (Creator/MiriamHopkins). Viewed by everyone as lacking personality, it's a big surprise when handsome, charming Morris Townsend (Creator/MontgomeryClift) takes an interest in her. Her aunt is in favor of the match, but Dr. Sloper is opposed, believing that Morris couldn't possibly be interested Catherine for herself and must be after her inheritance.

Olivia de Havilland's performance won her an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward; the film also took Academy Awards for its costumes, sets, and score.
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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: The supposedly plain Catherine is played by Creator/OliviaDeHavilland.
* CallingTheOldManOut: As part of her development into a more assertive person, Catherine calls her father to task for his awful treatment of her and then some, even calling him on his bluff to disown her.
* FalseReassurance: Catherine is happy when her father assures her that he will treat Morris with due respect. {{NOT}}
-->'''Dr. Sloper:''' I shall be as fair and honest with him as he is with you.\\
'''Catherine:''' Thank you, father, that is all we shall need.
* TheGhost: In a sense, Catherine's mother. Though she's already long-dead at the start of the film (making her a PosthumousCharacter) there is also a small framed photograph of her that many characters pick up and admire. The audience never gets to see it, leaving her physical appearance up to the imagination. The only thing we're told of her appearance is that, unlike Catherine, she was "fair".
* GrewASpine: This aspect of Catherine's development is emphasized even more than in the original story.
* LastRequest: While Catherine is sitting outside one day, Maria the maid rushes to her side, telling her that [[spoiler:her father]] is succumbing to his illness and his final wish is to see Catherine one more time. All she says is, "I'm sure he does. Too late, Maria."
* PragmaticAdaptation: Most of the changes in the story were carried over from the play, and were made arguably due to being more dramatically interesting:
** Due to [[ExecutiveMeddling studio mandated]] changes in Morris's character, [[spoiler:instead of what he does in the book, the night they are supposed to marry, he tells her he will come for her in a carriage. She eagerly waits all night for him, [[StoodUp but he never comes]]. Less openly malicious than what he does in the part, but arguably even more traumatizing for Catherine.]]
** The issue of the will which drove a lot of the plot is handled differently, too. [[spoiler:Dr. Sloper does not have it in his heart to change his will, and Catherine gets everything when he dies.]]
** Additionally, while in the book Catherine becomes detached from her father, in the movie it becomes a clear hatred, even [[spoiler:refusing to see him on his deathbed]]. Her disposition overall after her experience is colder than what was portrayed in the book, and ironically, more clever.
** The answer to Catherine and Morris's WillTheyOrWontThey is the same, but it is played differently: [[spoiler:When Morris comes to see her, she actually ''does'' act as if she wants to rekindle their romance. She tells him she wants to marry that night, and tells him to leave and get a carriage while she gets her things ready. Morris comes back with the carriage and knocks on Catherine's door... [[ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine but no one ever answers.]]]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Dr. Sloper's BreakTheCutie tirade against Catherine is much more direct and dripping with sarcasm and contempt, telling her flat-out that she is plain, boring, and would only be valued by anyone for her money.
* RomanticRain: Catherine runs out into the rain as Morris is leaving and he rushes to meet her so they are both dripping wet when they kiss a few moments later.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: The ending in which Catherine inflicts the same amount of cruelty upon [[spoiler:Morris]] as he inflicted upon her.
* TimePassageBeard: Morris shows up with a moustache on his return from California.
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