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Writers:
Rachel Field (by)
Casey Robinson (screen play)
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Release Date:
13 July 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
All this and France too..... See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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)
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Runtime:
141 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
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Trivia:
Henriette says to Louise 'What lovely hair for curling'. In most of Louise's scenes following Henriette's introduction, her hair is in rag-rolled curls.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): As he lays sick, the governess has Raynald count the segments of tangerine. She starts out counting the first three with him. She interrupts her own count to speak with the Duke, but Raynald continues on. When the governess resumes the count with Raynald, the actual tangerine piece is segment number 7. She mistakenly calls it number 10 and continues with the count from there.See more »
Quotes:
Duc de Praslin:Will it be any comfort to you to know that when your gone my only happiness will be in knowing I'm sharing your loneliness?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Desperation (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The War of the RosesSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
All this and France too....., 14 October 2007
Author: dbdumonteil

Anatole Litvak certainly loved France.He made films in that country during the previous decade ,some of which were remarkable .He ended his career in Victor Hugo's land but his latter efforts were not really exciting.Even when he was in Hollywood ,he never forgot it as this "all this and Heaven too" ,"Act of love" and parts of "decision at dawn" bear witness.

France is currently rediscovering Litvak who was brought down ,like so many great American directors (Zinnemann ,Wyler,Stevens),by the notorious critics of the Nouvelle Vague and their fusty Cahiers du Cinéma.But now their diktats are over and thanks to many contemporary historians of the French cinema (Bertrand Tavernier,Patrick Brion),he is given in the country which was another homeland to him the place he had always deserved.

"All this and Heaven too" might be my favorite Litvak movie,although his American career is as rich as that of any director .In spite of a historical gaffe ("that woman overthrew Louis Philippe "is as laughable as Marie Antoinette's sentence (which she never said) "let them eat cake".

La Restoration and Louis -Philippe: After the 1789 French Revolution ,the nobles emigrated and Napoleon ,who was eager for a Court,made a new nobility.His officers ,who were of common birth,were conferred a title :"Baron d'Empire" for instance;that was Henriette's grandfather's case.

Henriette is of that kind an old noble such as la Duchesse de Praslin can only treat like dirt;those nobles were impostors!With Henriette,it was hate at first sight,even before she became dear to the duke and the children.

That old nobleness,epitomized by the duchess ,was all bigotry,religion ,but they were socialites first.In the XIX th century ,those chic ladies did not care about their children they left to their governess .The Duchess was not alone: Balzac,Maupassant,Flaubert (Madame Bovary did not really like her daughter) and even a writer for children such la Comtesse de Segur painted a picture of the "bad" mother .The story happens in 1846-1847,and Louis -Philippe's days as a king are numbered.The writers are asking for Republic:Lamartine who is mentioned in the film,and Victor Hugo -who wrote the article about Henriette in la Conciergerie- were not the least ;the latter was forced to exile himself after the fall of the short-lived Second Republic (1948-1952).

Had he lived half a century before,the duke would have been part of the daring nobles such as La Fayette who fought for the Revolution.Even if we are not told so,his union was probably a marriage of convenience.The Duchess is egoistic,neurotic,hateful ,incapable of love and affection her children long for.A "pious " woman ,but a woman who uses a priest to keep a close watch on her husband.Note the presence of the priest in the bedroom of a dying child.

Litvak's directing is mind-boggling.He perfectly recreates the atmosphere of the desirable Hotel Particulier where the duke lives.His style is refined : the ball which we see on reflection on the mirrors is a scene Max Ophuls would have died for;the brief moment of happiness on Hallows Eve ;the snow ,symbol of purity:the duke is as virtuous and as loyal as Henriette.The performance in the THeatre Royal which the king attends and which finally backfires on the two heroes:Racine's "Phedre" -Rachel who is mentioned was the thespian of the era,her portrayal of the Greek heroine (whose situation is not unlike the chaste lovers') was praised to the skies then-.

The prologue and the epilogue are excellent: the long flashback is introduced in a very original way.Davis ,in front of the blackboard full of trigonometric formulas ,begins to tell her tale. One of her lines in the epilogue is the most moving in the whole film :"Now,you write the ending of my story" she tells her students .

An absorbing screenplay,where even a fairytale (do you want to be happy when you are young or later when you get older?/I'd rather be happy later:if I've got everything now,what can I expect from life afterward?) plays a prominent part.

French Charles Boyer and Bette Davis give superlative performances and the supporting cast(Barbara O'Neil almost steals the show from Davis sometimes) including the four children (special mention for little Reynald) is up to scratch.This is the Creme de la Creme of the melodrama genre.

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