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All This, and Heaven Too -- Oscar-winning Bette Davis and Oscar-nominee Charles Boyer star in this romantic drama about a French nobleman who falls in love with his childrens governess.


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Rachel Field (by)
Casey Robinson (screen play)
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Release Date:
13 July 1940 (USA) See more »
When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
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Beautiful period piece from Warners See more (52 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Henriette Deluzy-Desportes

Charles Boyer ... Duc de Praslin
Jeffrey Lynn ... Henry Martyn Field

Barbara O'Neil ... Duchesse de Praslin

Virginia Weidler ... Louise
Helen Westley ... Madame LeMaire
Walter Hampden ... Pasquier

Henry Daniell ... Broussais

Harry Davenport ... Pierre
George Coulouris ... Charpentier
Montagu Love ... Marechal Sebastiani
Janet Beecher ... Miss Haines

June Lockhart ... Isabelle
Ann E. Todd ... Berthe (as Ann Todd)
Richard Nichols ... Reynald
Fritz Leiber ... Abbe Gallard
Ian Keith ... DeLangle
Sibyl Harris ... Mlle. Maillard
Edward Fielding ... Dr. Louis

Mary Anderson ... Rebecca Jay
Ann Gillis ... Emily Schuyler

Peggy Stewart ... Helen Lexington
Victor Kilian ... Gendarme
Madge Crane ... Madame Gauthier (as Mrs. Gardner Crane)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Egon Brecher ... Doctor (uncredited)
Doris Bren ... Agnes Brevoort (uncredited)
Carmen Bretta ... Maxine - Frances' Maid (uncredited)
Virginia Brissac ... Nun (uncredited)
Georgia Caine ... Lady at the Theatre (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Jean (uncredited)
Cora Sue Collins ... Louise de Rham (uncredited)

Maurice Costello ... Extra (uncredited)
Claire Du Brey ... Nun (uncredited)
Gloria Fisher ... Kate Delancey (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Lady at the Theatre (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler ... Nun (uncredited)
Betty Jane Graham ... Clara Parker (uncredited)
Betty Jean Hainey ... Elizabeth Ward (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Captain (uncredited)
Anne Howard ... Isabelle Loullard (uncredited)

Marilyn Knowlden ... Marianna Van Horn (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Queen Amélia of France (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Member of the Court (uncredited)

Natalie Moorhead ... Lady at the Theatre (uncredited)
Susanne Ransom ... Dora Vanderbilt (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Police Official (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Loti (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Opera Spectator in King's Group (uncredited)
Jeanne Wells ... Mary Simpson (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Servant (uncredited)

Directed by
Anatole Litvak 
Writing credits
Rachel Field (by)

Casey Robinson (screen play)

Produced by
David Lewis .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Anatole Litvak .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography) (as Ernie Haller)
Film Editing by
Warren Low (film editor)
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (costumes)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
Al Alleborn .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Irving Rapper .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Rex Wimpy .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Don Siegel .... montage (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestral arrangements
Other crew
Bernard DeRoux .... technical advisor (as Bernard Deroux)
Irving Rapper .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (An Anatole Litvak Production)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
141 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)

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 »
Anachronisms: 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 »
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes:If love is right, it is the most precious gift in the world. But you must be sure - very sure - that it is right, for if it isn't, there is no worse agony, nothing more bitter, nothing more lonely to be imagined.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful period piece from Warners, 6 September 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Bette Davis is a schoolteacher whose past returns to haunt her in "All This and Heaven Too," a true story which took place in 1840s France and turned into a novel by Rachel Field. Bette Davis is the governess turned teacher, Henriette, Charles Boyer is the man of the house, the Duc de Praslin, Barbara O'Neill is his neurotic wife, and Jeffrey Lynn a minister friend who helps Henriette.

Henriette takes over as governess in the unhappy home of the Duc, caring for his four children - played by June Lockhart, Ann Todd, Virginia Wielder, and the adorable, pouty-lipped Richard Nichols. Though Nichols appeared in films taking place in France and Sweden, he sports a thick southern accent and calls Henriette "mamZEL." The Duc is miserable with his frustrated, bitter wife. The lack of sex in the marriage is demonstrated by his escorting her to her room and kissing her hand, then departing to his own room. She writes him lots of letters which she slips under his door. Feelings develop between the Duc and Henriette, but in the film at least, these are never acted upon. Unconvinced, the Duchesse does everything she can to get rid of the governess. In the beginning of the movie, Henriette tells her story as her students find out she has spent time in prison over a double tragedy which took place in the Praslin household.

Though a tragic story on many levels, it's a beautifully told one with every detail attended to. Bette Davis is warm and restrained as Henriette, soft-spoken and deferential. Boyer, with that vein in his forehead that sticks out when he's angry, is excellent as a man at the boiling point. O'Neill is positively hateful, a credit to her marvelous performance. From the strong, generous, loving mother in "Gone With the Wind," she turns herself into a self-involved, petty harridan.

"All This and Heaven Too" will sweep you into its rich atmosphere. In fact, I remember bringing this film to my office once when I worked a night shift, figuring that my colleagues and I would watch some of it over dinner each night. We ended up watching the entire thing in one sitting - which is what happened the last time I watched it. At 141 minutes, it's not short, but it holds the attention as a great film should.

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