If you'd have been in the room as I watched The Heiress for the first time this past weekend -- of course in honor of the passing of Olivia De Havilland, who won an Oscar for the 1949 film -- there's a chance you might have been lifted off the floor and swooped violently straight into my gullet as I gasped so loudly when Montgomery Clift showed up with a mustache at one point late in the film that atmospheric conditions around the globe were momentarily altered. The dew-point dropped precipitously!
In all seriousness it's a delightful stache reveal for what it represents -- Monty's character Morris woos Olivia's almost-old-maid sans stache at the start of the movie, and she believes his heart to be good and true, but he's revealed to be a money-grubbing cad who's only out for her inheritance, and the next time we see him, many years have passed and in their place a mustache has grown. You know the joke about how somebody's Evil Twin is always played by the same actor just with a mustache? That's how this Stache Reveal feels...
... like now that we know the dark truth of what a shit Morris is his true, stached self can present itself. He looks now like he might tie Olivia down to the train-tracks at any moment! Mind you, this is not a complaint -- Monty with a mustache could tie me down to the train-tracks any ol' time he wanted to. I just think it's funny, how blatant this "immorality of the mustache" is played out across The Heiress. Still I must ask...
PS I also recommend you read our pal Dan Walber's piece on
The Heiress at The Film Experience this week; good stuff!