From the (prolific) output of a largely unfashionable director, Wyler's Wuthering Heights has a distinctive look that elevates it above the blandness Goldwyn productions are so often charged with. Handsomely designed by James Basevi and shot by Gregg Toland, the much-filmed tale of Cathy's passion for Heathcliff succeeds as fulsome melodrama; and while it has little to do with Emily Bronte's sense of environment and pre-Victorian society, it's nevertheless strong on performances - especially Olivier, seen here at the peak of his romantic lead period.
Cast and crew
Ben Hecht, Charles MacArthur
Merle Oberon Laurence Olivier David Niven Flora Robson Donald Crisp Geraldine Fitzgerald Hugh Williams Leo G Carroll Cecil Kellaway