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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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Henry Martyn Field
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Madame LeMaire
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Pasquier
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Broussais
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Charpentier
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Marechal Sebastiani
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Miss Haines
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Berthe de Praslin (as Ann Todd)
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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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Despite Bette Davis' and Barbara O'Neil's reports to the contrary, history and portraits painted at the time show the Duchesse De Praslin was a beautiful, well-kept woman. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Duchesse de Praslin: Mademoiselle Deluzy, just a moment.
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: But madame, I'm supposed to... monsieur's downstairs...
Duchesse de Praslin: Monsieur's downstairs, yes. I am here to make sure that you understand this time you've gone too far, mademoiselle. You are to leave this house into which you've brought evil and sin!
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes: Yes, madame, there is evil in this house, but it was here before I came. Twas not I who brought it.
Duchesse de Praslin: What intrigue there is beneath that mask of innocence! It was not enough for you to be a governess! No, you had to conspire...
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Connections

Spoofed in Boobs in Arms (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The War of the Roses
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Played on a spinet by Bette Davis
Sung by Ann E. Todd, Virginia Weidler and June Lockhart
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Haunting, romantic period piece.
20 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

Director Anatole Litvak does an exceedingly good job with this romantic period piece, as do each of the actors involved. Bette Davis plays Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, a governess in 19th Century France, who lands a position working for Theo, Duc De Praslin (Charles Boyer) and his family. The childern adore the new, spirited governess, but Boyer's psycho bitch wife, the Duchesse (Barbara O'Neil), is resentful of Henriette's intrusion into the family. The new addition to the family works her magic on everyone but the Duchesse. Theo and Henriette, predictably, begin to fall in love, which further complicates things, sending the crazy wife into even more rages of insanity. All of this builds momentum until a climactic crime of passion takes a life.

Davis is a kick to watch as she struts her stuff with an excellent French accent. Boyer is awesome in this dark, brooding, but romantic role. And O'Neil deservedly got an Oscar-nomination for her role, full of anger and energy. But the real stand-out, interestingly enough, is Richard Nicols as Boyer's so-adorable-you-just-wanna-squeeze-him son Reynald.

Overall, this dark, dreary film is a highly-satisfying experience, slightly off-put by the preachy, silly final scene in the classroom.


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