Wuthering Heights
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Wuthering Heights

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Director: William Wyler

Cast: Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, David Niven

     
 

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William Wyler's Wuthering Heights is one of the earliest screen adaptations of the classic Emily Brontë 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 ownerSee more details below

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William Wyler's Wuthering Heights is one of the earliest screen adaptations of the classic Emily Brontë 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 blossoms into love. When Mr. Earnshaw dies, Cathy and Heathcliff grow up together on the Moors and seem destined for happiness, even though Hindley forces Heathcliff to work as a stable boy. When Cathy (Merle Oberon) meets wealthy neighbor Edgar Linton (David Niven), Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier) gets jealous and leaves. Cathy marries Edgar, and Heathcliff returns with his own wealth and sophistication. He buys Wuthering Heights from the alcoholic Hindley (Hugh Williams) and marries Edgar's sister, Isabella Linton (Geraldine Fitzgerald), out of spite. Still obsessively in love with each other, Cathy gets deathly ill while Heathcliff grows into a bitter old man. Ellen continues telling Lockwood the story as Dr. Kenneth (Donald Crisp) enters and reveals the fateful ending.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hal Erickson
Together with Gone With the Wind, Wuthering Heights represents the pinnacle of 1930s Hollywood romanticism. Laurence Olivier's contemptuous treatment of Merle Oberon in the film may have been partly heartfelt: He had wanted the great love of his life, Vivien Leigh, to play Cathy, but producer Samuel Goldwyn didn't see things that way, especially since Gone With the Wind had not yet established Leigh as a star of international magnitude. Though director William Wyler, cinematographer Gregg Toland, and art director James Basevi convincingly re-create the storm-tossed moors of Yorkshire, Wuthering Heights was filmed in California's Conejo Hills with extensive "exterior" work within studio walls. The last image, of Heathcliffe and Cathy joyously walking hand in hand into the hereafter, is a bit of audience-pleasing idiocy which Wyler was dead set against: Neither he nor stars Olivier and Oberon participated in this scene (the actors were replaced by their stand-ins). Despite this artistic gaffe, Wuthering Heights is a well-nigh perfect example of studio-system moviemaking. The 1970 remake, which in the fashion of its time alludes to an incestuous relationship between Heathcliff and Cathy, is pretty to look at, but nowhere near as satisfying as the original.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2013
UPC:
0883929279470
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
TVPG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
374

Special Features

Interview With Costar Geraldine Fitzgerald; Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Merle Oberon Catherine Eamshaw,Cathy Linton
Laurence Olivier Heathcliff
David Niven Edgar Linton
Flora Robson Ellen Dean
Geraldine Fitzgerald Isabella Linton
Donald Crisp Dr. Kenneth
Hugh Williams Hindley Earnshaw
Leo G. Carroll Joseph Earnshaw
Cecil Humphreys Judge Linton
Miles Mander Lockwood
Romaine Callender Robert the Butler
Cecil Kellaway Mr. Earnshaw
Rex Downing Heathcliff (younger)
Sarita Wooton Cathy (younger)
Douglas Scott Hindley (younger)
Alice Ehlers Harpsichordist
Frank Benson Heathcliffe Servant
Vernon P. Downing Giles
Harold Entwistle Beadle
Helena Grant Miss Hudkins
Sam Harris Wedding Guest
Schuyler Standish Little Boy
William Stelling Dancer
Eric Wilton Linton Servant
Sarita Wooten Cathy as a Child

Technical Credits
William Wyler Director
James Basevi Production Designer
Emily Brontë Source Author
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles MacArthur Screenwriter
Dan Mandell Editor
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Blague Stephanoff Makeup
Gregg Toland Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wuthering Heights
1. Chapter 1 [1:26]
2. Chapter 2 [4:25]
3. Chapter 3 [4:30]
4. Chapter 4 [3:02]
5. Chapter 5 [4:30]
6. Chapter 6 [4:00]
7. Chapter 7 [2:26]
8. Chapter 8 [4:03]
9. Chapter 9 [9:10]
10. Chapter 10 [4:29]
11. Chapter 11 [2:00]
12. Chapter 12 [3:52]
13. Chapter 13 [6:27]
14. Chapter 14 [8:16]
15. Chapter 15 [3:44]
16. Chapter 16 [2:19]
17. Chapter 17 [5:45]
18. Chapter 18 [2:33]
19. Chapter 19 [2:51]
20. Chapter 20 [3:45]
21. Chapter 21 [8:17]
22. Chapter 22 [4:22]
23. Chapter 23 [4:36]
24. Chapter 24 [3:02]

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