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All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 13 July 1940 (USA)
A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever.

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Madame LeMaire
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Pasquier
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When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and obsessive Duchesse de Praslin, she instantly incurs the wrath of her mistress, who is insanely jealous of anyone who comes near her estranged husband. Though she saves the duchess's little son from a near-death illness and warms herself to all the children, she is nevertheless dismissed by the vengeful duchess. Meanwhile, the attraction between the duke and Henriette continues to grow, eventually leading to tragedy. Written by alfiehitchie

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13 July 1940 (USA)  »

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El cielo y tú  »

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$1,370,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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After Mr. Skeffington (1944), this is Bette Davis' second longest film, clocking in at 141 minutes. See more »

Goofs

Most of the story takes place in 1847; however, several of the men wear neck wear that is posterior to the 1840s. For example, there is an scene in which the Duc wears a wing collar, a fashion that did not yet exist in the time of Louis Philippe. See more »

Quotes

Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: I can't help but feel this time you'll pay very dearly.
Duc de Praslin: I always pay. Sometimes I pay most for what I never had. It is not unfair that for a few days I've had what I can never pay for.
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Referenced in A Coy Decoy (1941) See more »

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Loti's Song
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung a cappella by Christian Rub
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A long but moving Warner Bros. prestige picture
17 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Based upon the popular 1937 novel written by Henriette Duluzy Desporte's grandneice, one Rachel Field, this movie was a prime vehicle for Bette Davis. This was considered Warners big "prestige" picture for 194O, and it shows: no expense in the production costs were spared, it's an exceptionally finely crafted motion picture. Based upon factual incidents, the story tells of how the notorious 1847 murder of the Dutchess (played with venomous relish by the tall & stately Barbara O'Neil) made Henriette the most notoriously suspicious and despised woman in Europe for a time. Originally, O'Neil's interpretation of the horrendously neurotic Dutchess was played looking a disheveled, unkempt mess physically. The producers thought her appearance would be a bit too uncooth for viewers to endure, but that decision robbed O'Neil of a far more effective characterization. As Henriette, Davis is much more subdued than normal, and her performance is genuinely affecting: another victorious portrait added to her quickly growing gallery of unforgettable heroines and vixens. Charles Boyer is fine as the Duc; he and Davis have a most interesting, classy chemistry between them. The children include Richard Nichols (as the adorable Raynald), Virginia Weidler and June Lockhart. Anatole Litvak's direction keeps this 14O minute saga flowing: the result is a handsome period piece which is done in old Hollywood's best style.


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