The Spoils of Poynton (1970)

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Adapted from the 1897 novel by Henry James, this four-part British miniseries was set in motion by the death of Mr. Gereth, lord and master of the English estate of Poynton Park. The "spoils" referred to the valuable art works and furnishings housed within Poynton, and which proved to be a bone of contention between the widowed Mrs. Gereth (Pauline Jameson) and her insouciant son Owen (Ian Ogilvy). When not arguing over the late Mr. Gereth's legacy, the two protagonists sparred over Owen's choice in women, with Mrs. Gereth insisting that her son choose a woman from his own social strata rather than marry "beneath his station" -- that is, to marry for love instead of money. First broadcast by the BBC in 1970, The Spoils of Poynton was shown as part of the American Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning April 4, 1971.