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Rage in Heaven (1941)

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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Stella Bergen
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Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Monrell
Oskar Homolka ...
Dr. Rameau (as Oscar Homolka)
Philip Merivale ...
Mr. Higgins
Matthew Boulton ...
Aubrey Mather ...
Frederick Worlock ...
Solicitor-General (as Frederic Worlock)
Francis Compton ...
Gilbert Emery ...
Mr. Black
Ludwig Hardt ...
Durand (as Ludwig Hart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stuart Hall ...
Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)
Major McBride ...
Bank Clerk (scenes deleted)
Clive Morgan ...
Traveling Salesman (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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7 March 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


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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Escapee from the insane asylum
14 June 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film, based on a James Hilton novel, is not often seen these days. In part, the material Christopher Isherwood extracted from the book doesn't make a good movie. As directed by W. S. Van Dyke, the film seems to have been sabotaged by its star, Robert Montgomery, who made no secret he didn't want to be in the picture. It's a shame because the rest of the players are evidently acting in a different movie.

The melodrama has some interesting things going for it. First there is the luminous appearance of Ingrid Bergman in her third Hollywood film. Also, George Sanders has one of the best roles he ever played in the movies. Both Ms. Bergman and Mr. Sanders are the reason for watching. Lucile Watson, Oscar Homolka and Philip Merivale, among others, make great contributions to the film.

While this is not by any means a horrible film, it could have been improved if only Mr. Montgomery, a welcome presence in any movie, would have done a better job inter acting with the rest and following direction.

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