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Film Released: 1949
Genre: Drama, Romance
Film Directed by: William Wyler
Cast/Actors include : Olivia de Havilland, Ralph Richardson, Montgomery
is set in New York in 1849 - affluent Washington Square to be more
precise, where Catherine Sloper (played by Olivia de Havilland) a
shy, artless, plain-Jane if a girl, lives with her father, Dr Austin
Sloper (played by Ralph Richardson).
Catherine's mother died in childbirth but was
by all accounts a refined beauty - a fact which her father constantly
reminds her of, often comparing her lack of beauty and social graces to that of
his dead wife's outstanding qualities. Catherine
directly inherited her mother's wealth and with Dr. Sloper himself
being well off, upon his death Catherine will be an extremely rich woman which,
according to her father, should enable her to find a suitable husband despite
her shortcomings as a woman.
So when Morris Townsend (played by Montgomery
Clift), a handsome,
well-bred but poor man embarks on a mission to court Catherine, her father
is convinced that he must be a gold-digger only interested in her money, and
resolves to stop the courtship. Unfortunately, he doesn't bargain for the
fact that Catherine has been bewitched by Morris' ardent attentions and has
fallen in love with him, convinced that he loves and admires her for
what she is - the sort of love she has been starved of from her father.
When her father confronts Morris with his
suspicions, she defends Morris, stands
up to her father for the first time in her life,
and arranges to elope. Dr. Sloper immediately threatens to cut off her
inheritance but still convinced Morris loves her, she tells Morris of her
father's intentions and on the evening when they are supposed to run off
together, Morris jilts her, leaving her waiting all night for him to come.
This has a profound effect on
Catherine whose heart has hardened towards her father on whom she used to dote.
Even when he is dying, she doesn't recant.
years pass and Morris returns, saying that he'd
only left because he didn't want to be the cause of Catherine being
disinherited. Catherine agrees to elope with him again, however when
Morris arrives to take her away, he finds the door bolted.
The food aspect appears almost at the
beginning of the film when Catherine is buys some fish from a door-to-door
fishmonger. Carrying the whopper of a fish into the house he says
"Look father, I bought a fine fish for the
chowder you like"
By the looks of it, a 6lb Halibut seems to be
the fish in question, so here's a recipe for a Halibut Chowder but you could use
any white fish.
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Chowder HT SP 50mins
Serves 4-6 Hot Fish Pork Vegetables
Herbs Soups Gluten Wheat Free Eggless
4 Rashers Streaky Bacon, coarsely chopped
1 Onion, sliced
4 Medium Potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Carrots, sliced
Salt and White Pepper
450g/1lb Halibut Fillets, cut into 2.5cm/1-inch chunks
1 tbsp Freshly chopped Parsley