Richard Burton, in his first television appearance, along with Rosemary Harris, Patty Duke, and Denholm Elliot star in this classic performance of Wuthering Heights. Produced by David Susskind, it aired originally on May 9, 1959.

In it, mistreated foundling Heathcliff and Catherine fall in love, but she marries a wealthy man, Edgar Linton. Heathcliff becomes obsessed with getting revenge through his own loveless marriage to Edgar’s sister Isabella. In this television adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, realism and Gothic symbolism combine to form a romance novel that’s full of social relevance.

Wuthering Heights was a novel penned by Emily Brontë and published in 1847 under her pseudonym “Ellis Bell”. Brontë’s only finished novel, it was written between October 1845 and June 1846. The two primary characters, Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, are among the most famous fictional couples of all time, second only to ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

The English poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, although an admirer of the book, referred to it as “A fiend of a book – an incredible monster”.

Wuthering Heights contains elements of Gothic fiction, and the moorland setting is a significant aspect of the drama. The novel has inspired many adaptations, including film, radio and television dramatizations; a musical; a ballet; operas, and a song by Kate Bush.

This 1958 adaptation originally aired on CBS television as part of the series DuPont Show of the Month with Rosemary Harris as Cathy and Richard Burton as Heathcliff.

1958 / 90 minutes / Black & White / Standard Def 4×3 / Directed by Daniel Petrie and produced by David Susskind.


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