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Rage in Heaven (1941)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 7 March 1941 (USA)
Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and ... See full summary »

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(as W.S. Van Dyke II), (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

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Stella Bergen
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Ward Andrews
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Monrell
Oskar Homolka ...
Dr. Rameau (as Oscar Homolka)
Philip Merivale ...
Mr. Higgins
Matthew Boulton ...
Ramsbotham
Aubrey Mather ...
Clark
Frederick Worlock ...
Solicitor-General (as Frederic Worlock)
Francis Compton ...
Bardsley
Gilbert Emery ...
Mr. Black
Ludwig Hardt ...
Durand (as Ludwig Hart)
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Stuart Hall ...
Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)
Major McBride ...
Bank Clerk (scenes deleted)
Clive Morgan ...
Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)
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Old friends Ward and Phillip both become smitten with Phillip's mother's attractive young secretary Stella. But Stella marries Phillip and stands by him as his behavior becomes more and more erratic and his jealousy of Ward increases. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Alma en la sombra  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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W.S. Van Dyke took over the direction of the movie from Robert B. Sinclair, who became ill shortly after shooting began. Van Dyke was in the Marines, but was granted a 14-day leave to finish the picture. Neither Sinclair nor Van Dyke was available for retakes, which were then directed by Richard Thorpe. See more »

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The movie commences with a quote, "Heaven hath no rage like love to hatred turned", which it attributes to Milton. The quote is in fact from William Congreve's play The Mourning Bride. See more »

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Gee, I kind of liked it
9 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess I'll be the resident moron of this film's comment section. I liked Rage in Heaven. It was entertaining, interesting, and involving.

I realize Robert Montgomery phoned in his role. His complete detachment makes the character evil rather than sick, and one cannot feel sympathy for him, if we were ever supposed to. The biggest problem is that his flat line readings and cool demeanor make it unbelievable that Bergman married a man so completely lacking in self-esteem, charm, and ardor.

The very young, pre-superstar Ingrid Bergman is marvelous - very fresh and vibrant in the beginning, her personality becoming more somber after a short time being married to Montgomery. And who can blame her. George Sanders is excellent, his portrayal possessing all the charm and passion Montgomery lacks.

As far as this plot being contrived, perhaps, but it was also clever. The original ending of "Fatal Attraction" was based on the same idea. Seen in today's modern perspective "Rage in Heaven" is most interesting. The obsession that Phillip had for Wade - very bizarre indeed!


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