All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 July 1940 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duc de Praslin
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Henry Martyn Field
Duchesse de Praslin
Helen Westley ...
Madame LeMaire
Walter Hampden ...
George Coulouris ...
Montagu Love ...
Marechal Sebastiani
Janet Beecher ...
Miss Haines
Ann E. Todd ...
Berthe (as Ann Todd)
Richard Nichols ...


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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Release Date:

13 July 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo y tú  »

Box Office


$1,370,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contrary to his screen image, 'Charles Boyer' was short, paunchy and had a receding hairline. When Bette Davis first saw him, he was out of costume, so she did not recognize him and tried to have him removed from the set. See more »


The Duchess of Praslin is seen licking envelopes in which she has placed letters to her husband, the Duc de Praslin. This film is set in the 1840s; gummed envelopes would not be invented for another 100 years. Correspondence in the 1840s would not be placed in a #10 business envelope anyway as seen in the film. The letters would be be placed in another sheet of paper and then sealed over with a wax seal or simply folded over and sealed with a wax seal, sometimes a ribbon set in the wax as well. See more »


Duchesse de Praslin: Don't leave me, Theo!
Duc de Praslin: I'm late in Paris.
Duchesse de Praslin: But... I must talk to you! I never see you!
Duc de Praslin: The king expects me.
Duchesse de Praslin: [She grabs for his hands and he pulls it away] Does even the touch of my hands feel you with aversion?
Duc de Praslin: Oh really Frances...
Duchesse de Praslin: It must be aversion you feel since you always avoid me, never giving me a moment's thought or attention!
Duc de Praslin: I have no wish to avoid you Frances. I would talk to you by the hour if we could do so with calmness and sanity, but it always ends the same. -He begins walking out.
Duchesse de Praslin:
Duc de Praslin:
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Loti's Song
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung a cappella by Christian Rub
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surprisingly moving soap opera of sorts
1 August 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is among my favorite Bette Davis movies. While not perfect, the story and romance suck you right in and make it hard to stop watching.

Ms. Davis plays against type, as she is the almost sickeningly wonderful nanny who ultimately beguiles married Charles Boyer. You see, Bette is hired to care for his children because his wife is a self-centered hypochondriac and has less maternal instincts than the average hamster. However, despite Boyer falling for the nanny, the nanny is chaste and won't consider breaking up the marriage--even if it is such an unhappy one. Eventually, the wife realizes that her husband has fallen head over heels and what she does in response is too good to divulge--it would help to ruin the movie for you.

If you want great acting, a tight script and a bit of a soapy romance (and who doesn't now and again?), give this movie a try.

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